Capitol Cinema

128 School Lane,
Didsbury, M20 6LB

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HJHill
HJHill on August 17, 2013 at 2:41 pm

My 1960s photos of the Capitol as the ABC Television studios are at the following links, which also include more information.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/76179806@N07/7018835117/in/set-72157629689613403

http://www.flickr.com/photos/76179806@N07/6872730034/in/set-72157629689613403/

LouiseC
LouiseC on July 11, 2006 at 3:38 pm

And what would have been wrong with applying to convert the building into flats if the need was so desperate?? I remember the Capitol from my time at the Poly and was sad to hear of its demolition. Appalling that these buildings are just torn down without any regard to their future use or their illustrious past.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 11, 2005 at 11:25 am

December 1998 – Start of demolition photograph here:
http://www.manchesteronline.co.uk/ewm/ic6/50.jpg

April 1999 – Almost gone, just the stage house remains here:
http://www.manchesteronline.co.uk/ewm/ic9/61.jpg

2000 – This structure was the replacement, does everyone live happy ever after?!!!!!
http://www.manchesteronline.co.uk/ewm/17/lg/13.jpg

geoffstafford
geoffstafford on June 19, 2005 at 1:34 pm

Photographs and further information about the ABC television years:

View link

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cloud
cloud on August 11, 2004 at 1:11 pm

This building and its Art Deco front were due to be given the status of a listed grade two building. However the night before officials were due to examine the building a group of vandals erected scaffolding and smashed off the entire art deco frontage during the night, so there was nothing to save. It was believed by locals to be the work of the developers who were desperate for the cinema not to be listed, so they could build their flats.