Queen's Cinema

Queen Street,
Uttoxeter, ST14

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Located in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire. The Queen’s Hall became the Electric Picture Hall on 2nd October 1912. It was operated by Trueman-Dicken and had 300 seats, all on a single floor. By 1913 it had been re-named Queen’s Picture Hall. Variety acts also appeared on the stage. It was closed on 2nd November 1918 following the end of World War I. It re-opened on 14th November 1918 under new ownership. It was closed for alteration and redecoration on 1st September 1920.

It re-opened on 23rd October 1920 with “Sporting Life” and a Mack Sennett comedy. Seating was now provided for 450 in the stalls and 70 in a newly constructed balcony, with plans provided by architecural firm Forshaw & Palmer. It was equipped with a Gyrotone sound system on 21st August 1930 when “Hollywood Revue” became the first ‘talkie’ to be screened here.

In March 1945 it was sold to Catlin’s of Scarborough and booked from their Futurist Theatre. In the 1950’s a British Acoustic(BA) sound system was fitted. Taken over by an independent operator, the Queen’s Cinema was closed on 4th May 1957 with Randolph Scott in “Seven Men From Now” & Alan Ford and His Band in “Rock, Rock, Rock”.

It became a furniture store for Ormes and later a wine store. It was demolished in the 1970’s and the site today is a car park for the Hostelty Nightspot (today known as the Town House Late Bar).

Contributed by Ken Roe
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