Western Talkie Theatre

Park Road and Ternhill Grove,
Bradford, BD5

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Architects: Ernest H. Dawson

Previous Names: Park Road Cinema

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Western Talkie Theatre

Located on the northern side of Park Road, about 100 yards along from the junction of Manchester Road. The Park Road Cinema was opened on 22nd July 1922 with Charlie Chaplin in “A Gamble in Lives”. It was built for and designed by architect Ernest H. Dawson of Manchester. All seating was on a single level.

In 1932, after Western Electic sound was installed, it was re-named the Western Talkie Theatre.

The Western Talkie Theatre was closed on 14th January 1961 with Glenn Ford in “The Sheepman” and Denny Miller in “Tarzan and the Ape Man”. The building was later demolished with the wholesale redevelopment of the area and the widening of Manchester Road.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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HJHill on May 19, 2012 at 4:42 am

This was one of the first cinemas in Bradford to go over to showing Asian films. The projectionists were, however, English. The arrangement caused trouble one night when a feature had arrived with the reels wrongly number and got shown in the wrong order.

Mike_Blakemore on May 19, 2012 at 5:03 am

This was very common… You where lucky to get the print 30min before showing…. and Full of V cuts and dogy joins.. and Prayers had to be said at the side of the projectors so it would go through…

CSWalczak on June 9, 2012 at 1:02 am

There is additional historical detail about this theatre on this webpage.

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