Adelphi Cinema

1199 Coventry Road,
Birmingham, B25 8DF

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Previously operated by: Associated British Cinemas Ltd.

Architects: Ernest S. Roberts

Firms: Satchwell & Roberts

Functions: Storage

Styles: Neo-Classical

Previous Names: Adelphi Super Cinema

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Adelphi Cinema

Located on Coventry Road at the corner of Ada Road, in the Hay Mills district southeast of Birmingham city centre. Originally on this site was the Hay Mills and Yardley Picture House, which first opened in May 1913 and was last operated by C.D. Cinemas Ltd. (it has its own page on Cinema Treasures). It was closed and demolished in 1927

The Adelphi Super Cinema was built on the site and opened on 10th October 1927 with Blanche Sweet in “Diplomacy” and Marie Prevost in “Man Bait”. It was built for and operated by Cinema Proprietors Ltd. Supervising architect was Ernest S. Roberts of the architectural firm Satchwell & Roberts.

On 7th January 1929, it was taken over by Associated British Cinemas(ABC) chain. ABC closed the Adelphi Cinema on 31st August 1968 with Terrence Stamp in “Blue” and Roger Smith in “Rogue’s Gallery”.

The building became a disco for several years, then a DIY hardware store. In recent years it has been used as Namdhari Sangat Birmingham Community Centre, which had closed by 2008. It is believed the building is now in use for storage.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 4 comments)

The_Silent_Photographer on June 14, 2013 at 4:55 am

Hey all. Here is a recent picture I took of the Adelphi back in late April of this year. As you can see, she has been scrubbed up and even though she still looks like a cinema from the side. Face on she has lost her cinematic presence. Photo was taken at 9pm on a slow shutter speed as light was fading super fast.

ODEONesque on July 25, 2013 at 8:44 am

I often pass this in my coach and though I recognise it for what it was it still seems rather “un-cinema-ish” to me, but then I do have pretty fixed ideas. At least it`s still with us.

rivest266 on July 7, 2021 at 11:44 am

Its now the Namdhari Sangat Birmingham Community Centre per Google maps

rivest266 on July 16, 2022 at 6:16 am

Grand opening ad posted.

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