Ashton Old Road and Old Lane,
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Located in the east Manchester district of Higher Openshaw. The Alhambra Theatre was opened in 1908 with 2,000 seats. Films were screened from 1914 and in 1928 it became the first cinema in what would become the H.D. Moorehouse circuit. It was equipped with a British Talking Pictures(BTP) sound system. In later years the seating capacity was reduced to 1,572 with the closuse of the upper circle. The Alhambra Theatre was closed on 6th April 1960 with Leslie Phillips in “This Other Eden” and Danny Kaye in “Up in Arms”.
The stage and dressing rooms were demolished, and the auditorium was gutted to become a restaurant. Due for demolition in 2004, after the closure of restaurant which had been using the building was due to be closed. The auditorium was blocked off from the entrance and the restaurant used the side entrance units. I have been in to the front end and taken pictures, but the rest of the building is unaccesable.
Following a fire in the empty building in late-October 2009, demolition was begun in early-November 2009.
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