Atlas Cinema

Flaxley Road,
Birmingham, B33

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Architects: Ernest S. Roberts

Styles: Art Deco

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Atlas Cinema

Located in the Stechford district south-east of Birmingham. The Atlas Cinema was opened on 6th March 1938 with Diana Wynyard in "Cavalcade". It was a brick building, whch had the central section its facade in white stone with five large windows at circle foyer level and another five smaller windows above. The name ‘Atlas’ was above these. Inside the auditorium seating was provided in stalls and circle levels, and the proscenium was 40 feet wide.

Always independently operated, the Atlas Cinema was closed on 30th May 1959 with Laurence Harvey in "Room at the Top" and Donald Wolfit in "Mail Van Murder". It became a wrestling venue for a while. Then the circle was divided from the main auditorium and became a bingo club, with the stalls level being converted into a garage. It had now been demolished.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Mike_Blakemore on September 30, 2011 at 5:09 pm

The Atlas was Owned by Harry Dare the builder.. Films where booked by B.T Davis who had a number of Cinemas in the Midlands, Home Counties, and the South West..
Harry Dare had a second Cinema “The Castle @ Castle Bromwich..

ODEONesque on July 26, 2013 at 2:07 am

It resembles the Danilo at Longbridge which is still with us albeit as a fitness centre.

Mike_Blakemore on July 26, 2013 at 2:19 am

You are right it had a typical Satchwell and Roberts feel.. Down the Road from this Cinema. Our Capitol Cinema and the Tivoli Yardley. we employed another Architect to do the Exterior of the other wise a (S&R) cinema.. I was never given the answer to why..

rivest266 on August 1, 2022 at 5:11 pm

Grand opening ad posted.

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