Rota Cinema

Ash Road and Thornley Lane N.,
Denton, M34 2WE

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Previously operated by: Associated British Cinemas Ltd., Jackson & Newport Ltd., Union Cinema Co. Ltd.

Architects: Henry F. Elder

Styles: Streamline Moderne

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Rota Cinema

Located in Denton, Lancashire, in the east of Greater Manchester. The Rota Cinema was built for the Jackson & Newport circuit, and opened on 10th December 1934. It was a futuristic building (for its time), and was the first cinema to be designed by architect Henry F. Elder. The fa├žade had a 34 foot high round tower which formed the 26 foot diameter entrance hall. Inside the auditorium, seating was provided for 800-seats stalls and 400-seats in the circle. There were decorative bands on the side-walls and a lay light in the centre of the ceiling, which curved down toward the stage opening. The was no decorative border around the proscenium opening.

The Rota Cinema was taken over by the Union Cinemas chain on 4th April 1936, and they were taken over by the Associated British Cinemas(ABC) chain in October 1937.

ABC closed the Rota Cinema on 24th October 1959. It was demolished and housing was built on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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