Information for this tour was contributed by Ken Roe.
This magnificent Art Deco styled cinema complex has been created within the former Orpheum Theatre of 1935 vintage which seated 1,735 when a single screen. It closed in June 1977 and was listed by the National Trust in September 1977 as an historic building. The empty building was sold in 1979 and re-opened as a cinema in 1980. In 1984 the stalls area downstairs was converted into a shopping arcade and the circle area was extended over to the proscenium arch with the stage area and fly tower being converted into office space. The cinema remained closed due to a rent increase and it became shuttered and derelict.
March 2004 photos from the Ken Roe collection.
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