Rio Cinema

Queen Street,
Epworth, DN9

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Rio Cinema

Located in Epworth, east of Doncaster. The Rio Cinema opened in November 1938 with a performance of “No No Nanette” by the Epworth Operatic Society. The first film to be shown at the cinema was “Rosalie” starring Nelson Eddy & Eleanor Powell. It had a 24ft wide proscenium and was equipped with a Duosonic sound system. It also hosted concerts with top stars such as Shirley Bassey and Billy J. Kramer. The man most associated with the cinema was Sidney Yorke. The cinema was badly damaged by fire on 1st June 1978, although it is believed to have stopped screening films the previous May. It was later demolished and replaced by housing.

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