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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More Top Rank staff pictures

                    

Top Rank staff photos and Coronation Street signing

Thanks again to the kind person who sent these in via Facebook. They feature in many of these photos!   From Ladbrokes to Rank, another refit and the prize shop moves from the inner foyer to the stage. Mid 80s?

  Staff party in the final staff uniforms. Photo in Buffet.   Who needs Muhammad Ali at Stretford Arundale flogging Ovaltine at Tescos when you can have Lynne Perrie at Stretford Top Rank Bingo flogging her autograph!

Ladbrokes days interior pictures 

More fantastic pictures submitted from a Facebook user. Late 70s, early 80s, the user think the photos were taken as part of a refit from the Ladbrokes ownership (1965-1986), maybe it was a special event to mark the occasion, hence the brass band? The man featured in one of the pictures is Jim Pass, the last chief projectionist when the building closed as a cinema in 1965 who stayed on for some time as an engineer with the building in its new format before moving on. These are some of the best historical colour interior pictures unearthed to date!   

     

Celebrating 30 years of bingo in Stretford!

2 great pictures sent in to the Facebook group. Mother and daughter employees celebrating 30 years of bingo in the building. Can’t have been much longer after this was taken that the place was closed as there was only 32 years between the last film being shown and the doors closing for good!





Stretfords Public Hall goes Public once more

Spin around 180 degrees and cross 4 lanes of traffic and you have this. Proof that that community spaces are needed and can be reclaimed given the right expertise and motivation. Enough said. Read all about it here.

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The last / lost images

This video was accidentally set to private by its owner some time ago. It’s now back in the public domain. It’s the last known images taken inside the place during the pre auction viewing in the late 90s. Since then not a single picture exists!