ABC Fishponds

748-756 Fishponds Road,
Bristol, BS16 3UA

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Previously operated by: Associated British Cinemas Ltd.

Architects: William Henry Watkins

Functions: Bar

Previous Names: Vandyck Picture House

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The Vandyck Picture House opened on 5th November 1926. It was taken over by Associated British Cinemas(ABC) in April 1930 and became a second run suburban cinema for that circuit in Bristol.

It was re-named ABC Fishponds in 1967 and was closed in 1973. It became a bingo club which eventually closed in around 1996. The building stood empty for a while until it was taken over by the J.D. Wetherspoon chain of pubs. Usually their architects do a good job in conserving the buildings they take over, but in the case of the Fishponds, they only renovated the exterior of the building. The interior was gutted. Since December 1997 it has been known as the Vandyck Forum pub.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 26, 2007 at 10:59 am

A May 2007 view of the building, now in use as the Vandyck Forum pub:

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 12, 2010 at 10:39 am

A vintage postcard view of the Vandyck Cinema in 1935:
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