Arcadia Cinema

35 Blackfriars Road,
Salford, M3 7AQ

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Originally built as the Central Hall, and occasionally known as the New Central Hall. It opened as a cinema in January 1911 and was operated by a Mr. Raymond who also operated the Salford Cinema (later Rex Cinema) on Chapel Street. It had a capacity for 580, sitting on long wooden benches. In January 1920 it had new owners who re-named it Arcadia Cinema after a refurbishment and installation of 700 tip-up seats and it re-opened with “Her Benny” and Houdini in “Terror Island”. Around 1930 it was equipped with a Picturetone sound system. In 1940 the cinema boasted it had its own air raid shelter.

The Arcadia Cinema was closed in 1953, and was never equipped with CinemaScope. The building lay empty and unused for many years and was demolished in 1986.

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