Essoldo Longbridge

1375-1401 Bristol Road South,
Longbridge,
Birmingham, B31 2SU

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Located in the district of Longbridge to the southwest of Birmingham. Opened as the Danilo Cinema on 26th January 1938. Taken over by Essoldo in August 1954 it closed as a cinema on 23rd November 1968.

It was a nice cinema. Used to put on wrestling matches as well as showing movies. Now a bingo hall and fitness centre.

Contributed by Derek L.Hunt

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 21, 2004 at 2:08 pm

Located on Bristol Road South, Longbridge, Birmingham. The Danilo Cinema was designed in an art deco style by architect Ernest S. Roberts. It opened on 28th January 1939 and had a seating capacity of 1,479. It was the 4th of Mortimer Dent’s Danilo Cinemas Circuit to open.

In 1946 the Danilo Cinema Circuit was sold to the Southan Morris operated S.M. Super Cinemas Ltd, but they retained the Danilo name. In 1954 S.M. Super Cinemas were sold to the Essoldo Circuit and the Danilo Longbridge was re-named Essoldo Cinema. It showed its last film “Barbarella” on 23rd November 1968 and was converted into a bingo club.

jomo
jomo on May 29, 2011 at 11:08 am

I remember the Essoldo well i used to live in Broughton Crescent that ran around it, my brother used to be the projectionist there in the late 1950s early 1960s, i used to go to every saturday matinee.

kluless
kluless on July 26, 2011 at 7:46 am

My parents took me to see my first film there (The Shiralee) in 1957, I probably saw more films there than anywhere else.

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