Happy(ish) 80th Birthday

It’s now 80 years since the building opened and 50 YEARS since the last film was screened! It’s also be 21 years since the general population of Stretford were last allowed to step inside and 19 years since it was purchased by the current owners. That’s quite a set of anniversaries! 

Whilst this website has been tracking the life and times of this pickled building for nearly 1/8th of its existence now (10 years!) there’s not ever been much to report. If you really want to get your cinema geek on however and feel the force of like minded people across the U.K., you’d do well to get yourself a membership of the Cinema Theate Association. 

What’s in a name – bingo!

Find out how the Essoldo in Stretford passed through the hands of a string of national companies and name changes between the 1960s and 1990s. Stretfords very own cinema played its part in the evolution of picture palace to bingo hall. Article here

Another campaign, another identical MEN article!

  
Click here to read the full story from the Manchester Evening News website. 

Compulsory Purchase Order Petition

There’s a petition doing the rounds online to have Trafford Council issue a CPO on the owner. Take a look at the petition and the reasoning behind it here

Dolly & Her Zebra -1949

  
From an original article here

Time stands still…still…in numbers

In 12 months it will be 80 years since the building opened and 50 YEARS since the last film was screened! It will also be 21 years since the general population of Stretford were last allowed to step inside and 19 years since it was purchased by the current owners. To date there is still no clear picture of what happens next.

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