King's Norton Cinema
Kings Norton Green,
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Located in the King’s Norton district in the south of Birmingham. The King’s Norton Cinema opened on 16th September 1938. It was an imposing red-brick building with the wide marble steps leading to the entrance and built (oddly) at one end of an English village green. Unusually, seating and carpeting in both the stalls and the small circle were of a light green colour. Along with wall lighting, the cinema was lit by a series of decorative grills in the ceiling which stretched the width of the cinema. The cinema had a large orchestra pit at the base of a very imposing oblong proscenium arch, complemented by what seemed huge traveller curtains.
This was my haunt as a kid and a picture of it would bring back a lot of memories. It was owned by the King’s Norton Picture House Company Ltd.
The King’s Norton Cinema was closed on 15th June 1983 with Dustin Hoffman in “Tootsie”. It was boarded up and left derelict for a few years, and later demolished for a housing development to be built on the site.
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