Rubery Cinema

New Road,
Birmingham, B45

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Rubery Cinema

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Located in the Rubery district to the southwest of Birmingham. The Rubery Cinema opened on 29th May 1939. The architect was H.W. Simister. Operated as an independent cinema by Northfields Pictures Ltd., Bristol Road South who also operated the Northfield Cinema. The Rubery Cinema had a 35 feet wide proscenium and was equipped with a British Talking Picture(BTP) sound system.

It closed in the early-1960’s and was demolished.

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brighton84 on December 5, 2004 at 6:20 am

The frontage of the Rubery Cinema, resembled the Northfield Cinema in style. A small square red brick building at the foot of the Lickey Hills, it had a one pillared, two arched entrance. It had no canopy, simply its neon-lit name Rubery Cinema – ‘Rubery’ on one side ‘Cinema’ on the other. Its interior was plain without any particular adornments, it’s primary colours being in various shades of brown with matching tabs. In spite of the cinemas ‘lowliness’ I remember it as being a very comfortable local cinema.

mrjhcarr on August 15, 2008 at 11:04 am

The cinema building also included shops on either side along the front. On the right were an electrical shop (Gaiter’s?) and the library. I forget what was on the left, maybe a hairdresser’s.
The ticket kiosk was facing the entrance, and doors either side led into the seating area. the right hand door led to the “balcony”,the screen was on the left.
One seating area was known as the “One and Nines”,(one shilling and nine pence).

kluless on July 26, 2011 at 9:36 am

I remember going to watch the wrestling there, Pat ‘Bomber’ Roach made regular appearances.

If I remember correctly Owen’s Garage was just down the road from the cinema, to the left.

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