ABC Stirchley

Pershore Road,
Birmingham, B30 2YB

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ABC Cinema Stirchley

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Located in the Stirchley district to the south of Birmingham. Opened as the Pavilion Cinema on 28th November 1931. Large auditorium had seating in stalls and and circle levels. In the early years, children had to queue outside on a Saturday morning in what was called the “tupenny crush”.

It was taken over by Associated British Cinemas(ABC) in 1934. The building was changed into a combined cinema and bowling alley in 1962, when the bowling alley was built beside the cinema building.

The cinema was closed on 28th December 1968, and was converted into a bingo club, with a cafe in the circle area. The former Pavilion Cinema was demolished in 2004.

Contributed by derek l.hunt

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

demaine on November 21, 2004 at 10:27 am

I would like to thank KenRoe for the further information on this cinema.As I used to stand in the queue every saturday morning come ran or shine. I would like,very much to know where you get your information from.

Grechenka on January 7, 2006 at 6:31 am

The Pavilion Cinema has now been demolished.

Mike_Blakemore on October 14, 2011 at 4:54 pm

January 1968.. ABC Had their District Office. Where I had my interview to become a Trainee Manager with the Company.. ended up doing 39 years in the business.. I also had to relieve on occasions, the Manager on his days off.. Still the food was good at the Bowling alley… :o)

Samgroves on October 21, 2015 at 11:11 am

Hi Mike – I’m trying to track down anyone who used to work at the cinema for a screening I’m putting on in Stirchley on the anniversary of when this cinema opened next month – do you know how I might be able to track someone down? Sam

Mike_Blakemore on October 21, 2015 at 1:37 pm

Hi Sam I hate to say this But there may be only Eddie Hopkins who was an assistant manager alive who lives in West Bromwich I believe ..

Samgroves on October 28, 2015 at 4:43 am

Hi Mike – apologies for the delay in getting back to you – I thought I’d get an email notification if you replied, but didn’t! Thanks though. Do you happen to know Eddie personally? I’m guessing he’s getting on a bit so may not able to make it, but I’d be interested in chatting to him if that was at all appropriate. It might be easier to get me on sam [at]


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