Gem Cinema

Shepherd Cross Street,
Bolton, BL1

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Located in the north of the city at the corner of Darley Street and Shepherds Cross Street. The Gem Picturedrome was opened on 1st July 1912. It was designed by architect H. Booth and opened with 1,497 seats (some being long padded benches). Around 1930 it was equipped with a British Thomson Houston(BTH) sound system and was re-named Gem Cinema.

The Gem Cinema was equipped with CinemaScope and the seating capacity was reduced to 856. The CinemaScope screen was 27ft wide. The Gem Cinema was closed in 1959.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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