Roxy Cinema

219 Ashby High Street,
Scunthorpe, DN16 2JP

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Previously operated by: Star Cinemas

Functions: Bar

Styles: Tudor Revival

Previous Names: Globe Cinema

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Located in the Ashby district of Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire. Opened as the Globe Cinema just after World War I in October 1920. Shows were twice nightly with two changes weekly. The cinema had a 30 feet wide proscenium and was first equipped with an Electrochord sound system, later changing to British Talking Pictures(BTP) sound by 1937. From the 1930’s the cinema was ran by W.H. Webster.

By the 1950’s the cinema began to have a rather uneventful time and around 1961 it had been taken over by the Leeds based Star Cinemas chain and renamed Roxy Cinema. They introduced bingo on two nights a week along side film viewings and also installed a wide screen but this was not enough to keep the building been used as a cinema and it closed in January 1962. It became bingo full time, however when bingo waned it then became a Coral Snooker Club, and as of 2013 is a pub named The Malt Shovel.

Contributed by damon lonsdale

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SX150 on April 25, 2015 at 2:19 am

My Grandfather told a story of a thunderstorm where a round glowing ball of energy (ball lightning) came through the doors of the Globe cinema in Ashby, went right round the auditorium and exited again. He said the atmosphere was charged, children screamed and there was a smell like you get in on the fairground dodgems. This was probably in the 1930’s as he delivered milk in Ashby by horse and cart at that time. I visited the Roxy as a child in the 1960’s on Saturdays, you could get discounted entry if you had a famous brand of tea wrapper. I remember watching Roy Rodgers westerns.

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