Gaumont Oldham

King Street,
Oldham, OL8

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Grand Theatre

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A large live theatre located on the corner of King Street and Union Street, the Grand Theatre and Opera House was designed by London based architects Thomas Taylor & Ernest Simister. The exterior was built in terra-cota & brick. Seating was provided in orchestra stalls, dress circle and gallery levels. The proscenium was 32 feet wide.

It was almost totally rebuilt in 1937 by Gaumont Super Cinemas, headed by the Hyams brothers of London. Only the outer walls survived untouched, with the corner entrance given a modern look – the multi-leveled interior with boxes were transformed into a 1930’s stalls and balcony cinema seating 1,842.

It was taken over fully by Gaumont British Theatres in 1944 and closed as a cinema by the Rank Organisation in 1961. It was briefly re-named Astoria Theatre, and The Beatles appeared here several times. In 1962 it was converted into a a bowling alley and then a nightclub in 1973, with a snooker club operating in the former foyer space. Closed for several years, the building stands unused in 2012.

Contributed by Ian Grundy

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 15, 2005 at 3:54 am

The architect of the Grand Theatre and Opera House was local architect Thomas Taylor with ‘a leading London architect’? It was built and opened in 1908.

Ian
Ian on March 27, 2007 at 2:27 am

The nightclub has closed and the former Gaumont is due to be demolished.

Ian
Ian on May 11, 2007 at 5:29 am

Exterior photo here:–

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Ian
Ian on February 5, 2008 at 7:43 am

Another exterior here:–

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 11, 2009 at 12:14 pm

A vintage view of the Grand Theatre in 1911:
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Richard1968
Richard1968 on April 6, 2011 at 12:28 pm

The Wurlitzer organ from the Gaumont Oldham is now installed in the Victoria Hall,Saltaire,West Yorkshire, the organ is owned by the Cinema Organ Society and concerts are presented by the Northern District every 2nd Sunday of each month, for further information please visit www.cosnorth.co.uk

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