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Extract from today’s Manchester Confidential.

David Bond on the mystery behind the classic. Does anyone know anything more?

AN impressive monument to a bygone age that should be returned to its former glory or a bungled monstrosity that needs to be torn down?

The main architectural guide to Manchester calls The Longford, ‘One of the most entertaining sights in the Manchester area’. It would be a crying shame to lose it.
The debate surrounding the Longford cinema in Stretford is complex, but the only certainty is that local residents, have little to no idea what the future of the building is.

Confidential couldn’t even get in contact with the owner – and Good Lord did we try.

This is a problem because at present the Longford, despite its striking image, is fading. Commuters to Manchester and shoppers heading to Stretford Mall are reminded of this failed building daily. Yet inside it is a spectacular art deco building.