Devonshire Theatre

Devonshire Street,
Higher Broughton,
Salford, M7

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Previously operated by: Marks Circuit Cinemas, Snape & Ward Circuit

Previous Names: Electric Theatre, New Devonshire Theatre, Devonshire Picture House

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Located in the Higher Broughton area of Salford, near Manchester. The building began life as a roller skating rink.

It was turned into a cinema known as the Electric Theatre which opened on 18th January 1913 and was enlarged and converted into a theatre by the end of the same year. The enlargement included a forty foot stage and four dressing rooms, however it was not successful as a theatre and by 1918 it became a variety hall and cinema once more.

The cinema changed ownership in 1940 becoming part of the Marks Circuit Cinemas Ltd. It changed hands once more in 1959 becoming part of the Snape circuit and was closed shortly after.

It became a bingo hall by May 1961 but must not have been a great success as the Devonshire shared the fate of so many of Salford’s movie palaces – it was demolished. The Calderwood Care Centre for the elderly was built on the site in 1966

Contributed by Steve Lynch

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Biffaskin on April 4, 2021 at 1:45 pm

Opened 18/01/1913, had converted to bingo by May 1961.

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