Queen's Picture House

Ashton Old Road and Rylance Street,
Manchester, M11

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Queens Picture House, Beswiick.

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Located in the Beswick/Openshaw district east of the city centre, on Ashton Old Road between the now non-existant Redvers Street and Baden Street. The Queen’s Picture House was opened in 1913. The facade had five round windows, decorated with plaster swags, and the auditorium behind ran parallel to Ashton Old Road. It was taken over by the Associated British Cinemas(ABC) chain in 1932 and was equipped with a Western Electric(WE) sound system.

In 1945 it was taken over by an independent operator and in 1951 it was taken over by the Leeds based Star Cinemas circuit. The Queens’s Picture House was closed in 15th April 1961 with Sophia Loren in “It Happened in Naples” and Jack Lord in “Walk Like a Dragon”.

It was converted into a bingo club and by 1972 the site was cleared with no trace left.

Contributed by John Holden
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