Former Cannon Cinema, Stockport

posted by clive on January 19, 2007 at 4:32 am

I am researching the Cannon Cinema which was demolished in mid 90’s. Originally built in 1936 as Carlton Cinema & acquired in 1948 by Essoldo Group. Designed by architects Drury & Gomersall of Manchester. Any external photos or building plans would be most helpful.

Many thanks in anticipation

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Comments (6)

Ian on January 19, 2007 at 5:31 am

There is an exteral picture here:–

and an internal one of the lower screen here :–

I’ll try and upload some others if I can find them, but I seem to think I did not get many good shots on this day.

woody on January 19, 2007 at 6:42 am

here are some shots from the end of it life and its demolition

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delta on January 20, 2007 at 2:31 am

I remember this as the Carlton. In February 1954 it became the first cinema in Stockport to install CinemaScope complete with stereophonic sound. The first CinemaScope film to be shown was ‘The Robe’, followed by ‘How To Marry a Millionaire’. The Carlton was a luxurious theater with a balcony and seating 1750. It had a large orchestra pit but no organ. The main entrance gave access to all parts of the theatre via an art-deco foyer. There also was a separate smaller entrance which gave access to the front stalls. At the rear of the cinema were two fire exits which were often used for free access to the theatre! In 1971 the cinema was twinned, the balcony becoming Essoldo 2 and the main theatre, Essoldo 1. Much of
its original character was lost and for me it was enevr the same place again. I am a devotee of the old luxurious picture houses.

clive on January 21, 2007 at 11:02 pm

Many thanks for fotos – any more external shots would be appreciated
Many thanks
Do you have a date for the demolition fotos please?
Thanks for all info guys

woody on January 23, 2007 at 6:25 am

it was demolished in 1993, the last film i saw there was “pretty woman” in 1989.
It has been a vacant lot ever since and only now are there proposed development plans for the site.

Carltonman on December 6, 2015 at 3:59 pm

Are you still seeking information, Clive? My Great Uncle was one of the directors.

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