Focus Cinema

55 Market Street,
Longton, ST3 1BW

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Focus Cinema

Located in Longton, Staffordshire, one of the Potteries towns close to Stoke-on-Trent. The Cinema Theatre was opened on 14th October 1911 by the London Cinematograph Company. It had a 30ft wide proscenium. In 1923 it was renamed Cosy Cinema and in 1927 it had been re-named Longton Cinema. In 1929 it was re-named Criterion Cinema. In 1930 it was equipped with an AWH sound system. By 1944 a British Acoustic(BA) sound system had been installed.

On 19th December 1950 it was re-named Focus Cinema. It was equipped with CinemaScope on 29th August 1955 when the first film to be screened in that process was “Vera Cruz starring Burt Lancaster.

The Focus Cinema was closed on 16th June 1962 with Elizabeth Taylor in “Little Women. It was later demolished and a bank was built on the site, which by 2019 was converted into four retail units.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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David Rayner
David Rayner on September 15, 2018 at 1:43 am

This photo appears to have been taken around February / March, 1963, shortly before demolition. The clues are the patches of snow that can still be seen on the roof and the pavement following the severe winter of late 1962 / early 1963. I still have the old 35mm film splicer that I picked up out of the rubble there when it was being demolished.

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