Winter Gardens Cinema

The Promenade,
Bridlington, YO15

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Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Coliseum Cinema, Winter Gardens Super Sound Cinema

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Winter Gardens Cinema

The Coliseum Cinema opened 19th April 1922 with Norm Talmadge in “The Sign of the Door”. The Coliseum Cinema was short-lived, and its name was changed to Winter Gardens Cinema in 1925. It had a stage 40 ft deep and had 6 dressing rooms. The proscenium was 30ft wide. It had a restaurant in the circle foyer and a ballroom under the stalls. By 1930 the ballroom had been converted into a roller rink. The Winter Gardens Cinema was equipped with a Western Electric(WE) sound system in 1930, and it was re-named Winter Gardens Super Sound Cinema. The ballroom became a billiard hall.

In 1956 it was equipped with CinemaScope with a 30ft wide screen. During the 1960’s in the summer months, the cinema showed mostly roadshow films and was full to capacity especially during the rainy days of summer when the holidaymakers and day trippers wanted to get out of the rain. “The Sound of Music” ran for two consecutive summers 1966 and 1967.

The Winter Gardens Cinema closed on 7th February 1982 with a double (X) programme: Linda Ashton in “Cherry, Harry and Raquel” and Erica Gavin in “Vixen” which was directed by Russ Meyer. The cinema became a BMX track for a while and the billiard hall was a nightclub. The building was found to be unsafe and was completely demolished in 1991.

Contributed by John Farrar

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John Farrar
John Farrar on August 21, 2009 at 5:21 am

Summer Season Roadshows- (alternate weeks, June to mid September)
1966- The Sound of Music / Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines
1967- The Sound of Music / A Man for all Seasons
1968- Thoroughly Modern Millie / The Happiest Millionaire
1969- Star! / Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
1970- Oliver! / Battle of Britain
1971- Cromwell / Waterloo / Anne of the Thousand days
1972- Fiddler on the Roof / Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Ian on August 21, 2009 at 7:29 pm

Photo of the façade here:–

Auditorium block (I think not the stage end) here:–

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