Grand Cinema Theatre

16 Market Street,
Kingswinford, DY6 9JR

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Located in Kingswinford, Staffordshire, to the west of Dudley in the ‘Black Country’. The building was originally a Market Hall and it was converted into the 800-seat Grand Cinema Theatre, opening on 5th January 1920 with “The Claw”. It had a 26ft wide proscenium. In 1930 it was equipped with an Edison Bell sound system, which was soon replaced by a RCA sound system. It was refurbished in 1935 and the seating capacity was reduced to 650 with the removal of the long wooden benches used for the cheap seats.

Closing in the late-1940’s, it was refurbished and equipped with a British Acoustic(BA) sound system and reopened in 1950. The Grand Cinema Theatre was closed on 26th September 1964 with Sean Connery in “From Russia With Love”. The building was eventually demolished and a branch of Boots pharmacy now stands on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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