Cannon Bristol Road

5 Bristol Road,
Birmingham, B5 7TT

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Ambak on March 17, 2018 at 10:21 am

The ABC Bristol Road played three strip Cinerama from September 14th 1963 to January 9th 1965. It was then converted to 70mm single lens Cinerama. The Three strip presentations were:– How the West Was Won, 27 weeks. Seven Wonders of the World, 8 weeks. South Seas Adventure, 4 weeks. The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm, 16 weeks. Windjammer, 7 weeks. Search For Paradise, 3 weeks. This is Cinerama, 3 weeks and finally The Best of Cinerama, 4 weeks.

DavidRayner1947 on August 7, 2016 at 11:48 pm

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DavidRayner1947 on August 7, 2016 at 1:18 pm

Here it is on an ABC News item in October, 1948, showing The Winslow Boy, with some of the stars of the film in attendance, including Margaret Leighton and Neil North. It was then known as the ABC BRISTOL, Birmingham.

Terry White
Terry White on July 29, 2016 at 8:24 am

Hi Mike & Steve Yes it would be Jim Hunt. I remember him well as he gave me my first Chief’s position at the Majestic Bridgnorth in 1967.

He also arranged for me to transfer from the Bristol to the new ABC Hanley in late 1965.

I have fond memories of both the Bristol and ABC even after some forty years plus have elapsed.

Projection staff I can recall were : Dave Brinkworth Chief. Dave Thom Co-Chief. There were two other guys, both seconds I think, Brian and Geoff . Sorry but can’t recall surnames.

Mike_Blakemore on December 9, 2013 at 10:23 am

@ Steve Sidway.. It was Jim Hunt… A Boring Exterior ?? It was designed by Hurley Robinson Still tastes differ. The Cinerama Interior was plain but that was the modern solution at the time.. Hmm the “Lyttleton Cinema” used a lot of bricks from The demolished Theatre in Walsall. Our family had an interest in..

SteveSidaway on December 9, 2013 at 7:55 am

Remember going there in the late 1970’s with a retired ABC circuit engineer called Jim who lived in Wollaston… I was operating at the Lyttleton Cinema, Halesowen at the time. Remember it was a boring facade and auditorium, but LARGE and Jim gave me a strip of the CINERAMA screen which I still have….

howardfamily on January 20, 2013 at 9:24 am

watched watership down here such a great loss these lovely old cinemas,instead they put up these ugly modern boxes with no charactor whatsoever if this is progress they can keep it, walking into a cinema doesnt excite me like it used too,its business business business no frills

Johncine on November 7, 2011 at 2:59 am

Some great memories here, although by the twilight year of 1987, the cinema was not really getting the custom it used to. Films like INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM, SUPERMAN II and BACK TO THE FUTURE was long-runners here. I do remember watching the Charles Bronson movie ASSASSINATION and STAND BY ME and having to watch repeat screenings of the Music Promo for AN AMERICAN TAIL, SOMEWHERE OUT THERE. I also attended a preview of FLETCH in the autumn of 1985 and a double-bill of FIRST BLOOD and RAMBO 2

Mike_Blakemore on September 26, 2011 at 3:17 am

I have now put on the Cinemrama interior.. Still have not found the original interior views…

demaine on June 18, 2011 at 6:35 am

Site of Cannon Cinema, Corner of Bristol Road & Belgrave Road.

abcman on September 22, 2008 at 6:38 am

The ABC Cinema Bristol Road was never run by the Classic Cinema chain. It was with ABC from 1944 onwards until taken over by the Cannon Group.

demaine on December 5, 2004 at 2:27 am

Thanks for update re Bristol Cinema.Shan’t bother to go there.

brighton84 on December 4, 2004 at 3:19 pm

The Bristol Cinema site is now occupied by a Macdonalds.

demaine on November 15, 2004 at 12:15 pm

Thanks for you updates re Bristol Cinema

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 15, 2004 at 8:56 am

The Bristol Cinema opened on 16th May 1937, the architect was Hurley Robinson, built and decorated in an Art Deco style it had a seating capacity of 1,712 seats. It was taken over and operated by ABC Cinemas in 1944 and was re-named ABC Bristol Rd in 1959.

It was closed briefly in 1963 to be converted into a Cinerama Theater, re-opening as ABC Cinerama with 1,232 seats. It closed in 1972 for tripling, was later re-named Cannon and closed in September 1987 and was immediately demolished.