Cannon Wolverhampton

Garrick Street & Bilston Street,
Wolverhampton, WV1 3AW

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Previously operated by: Associated British Cinemas Ltd., Cannon Cinemas

Architects: William Riddell Glen

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Savoy Cinema, ABC

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ABC Cinema Wolverhapton

Located in the centre of Wolverhampton on the corner of Garrick Street and Bilston Street, with its entrance on Bilston Street opposite the Clifton Cinema. The site had previously been occupied by the Theatre Royal.

The Savoy Cinema was opened by the Associated British Cinemas(ABC) chain on 20th December 1937 with Charles Rogers in “Let’s Make A Night Of It” and Lew Ayres in “Last Train From Madrid”. It was designed by ABC’s ‘in-house’ architect W.R. Glen. Seating was provided for 1,777, with 1,155 in the stalls and 622 in the circle. The cinema had a cafe for the convenience of its patrons.

The Savoy Cinema was re-named ABC in December 1960. In December 1968, the cafe was converted into a bar, known as ‘The Clock’. Closed on 27th April 1974 for conversion into a triple screen cinema. It re-opened on 13th May 1974 with 590 seats in the former circle, and screens 2 & 3 in the former stalls seating 127 & 97.

Taken over by the Cannon Group and re-named Cannon in November 1986. The Cannon was closed on 17th October 1991 with Tim Robbins in “Jacobs' Ladder” in screen 1, Kevin Costner in “Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves” in screen 2. and Steven Seagal in “Out For Justice” in screen 3. The building was demolished in December 1995. Since September 2006, a nightclub named ‘Oceana’ operates from a building on the site. That building was demolished in June/July, 2019.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

Ian on November 11, 2011 at 11:31 am

A photo of the Cannon shortly before demolition here


stringers76 on January 30, 2014 at 10:44 pm

The actual building still remains. Only the face of the building was altered so it no longer has it’s Art Deco features. Such a shame really

Mike_Blakemore on June 29, 2019 at 12:58 am

The Cinema is currently being demolished. 29.6.19

Gary Stevens
Gary Stevens on August 9, 2020 at 7:44 am

The site has now been totally cleared and a new educational building will be used on the land. I saw my first Cinema film here and then started as a trainee projectionist under the Chief Dave Tambling. Such fantastic years.

terry on August 9, 2020 at 8:46 am

I was offered the Manager’s post at this theatre by Lionel Johnson in 1982. At the time I was at a certain ‘Hell Hole’ of a venue in the North West (I refrain from naming it) but I declined the Wolverhampton offer stating that I would prefer to return to my native North East and thus I instead took over at Newcastle upon Tyne.

One of my former Managers , John McIntosh had relieved at Wolverhampton whilst his own theatre, the ABC Ritz Wigan was being subdivided and he told me that the people of Wolverhampton were very friendly.

terry on August 9, 2020 at 9:18 am

I have to add that , cheapened as the ABC Circuit had become by this time, the worst was yet to come four years later when that bunch of spivs, Cannon took over. In Newcastle, the change in attitude at the Odeon was palpable. I wonder if a similar situation prevailed in Wolverhampton….

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