ABC York

15 Piccadilly,
York, YO1 9PB

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Previously operated by: Associated British Cinemas Ltd.

Architects: William Riddell Glen

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Regal Cinema

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ABC York

The Regal Cinema was opened on 25th September 1937 with Jack Oakie in “That Girl in Paris”. It was built for and operated by the Associated British Cinemas(ABC) chain, and was designed by their in-house architect William R. Glen, assisted by local architectural firm Penty & Thompson.

The fan-shaped auditorium ran parallel to the street, with the entrance at the right-hand end. Seating was provided for 932 in the stalls and 788 in the circle. The proscenium was 32 feet wide. The Regal Cinema was equipped with a Compton 3Manual/6Ranks organ with an illuminated console on a lift, that was opened by organist Wilfred Southworth.

The Regal Cinema was re-named ABC in 1961. In September 1972 it was closed for conversion of the rear stalls into a Painted Wagon pub, and the cinema re-opened 27th November 1972 with 680 seats in the circle area only.

It was closed for tripling in 1980, re-opening on 2nd October 1980 with screen 1 in the former circle having 653 seats, screens 2 & 3 in the former front stalls having 259 & 176 seats.

The ABC was closed on 18th June 1986. It was demolished in 1989, and a Marks & Spencer homeware store was built on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

Mike_Blakemore on September 19, 2012 at 3:47 am

The local architectural firm Penty & Thompson, only acted as an agent for William Glenn. They had no design input.. Basically Day to day dealing with the builder and Local Authority..

CSWalczak on September 19, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Two pictures of the ABC York, one from 1981 and one from 1986.

terry on January 22, 2014 at 11:38 am

It closed a month after the sly and underhand takeover by that Cannon shower of the ABC Circuit – thereby sparing the ABC York the indignity of having the tatty Cannon signage attached to the building as well as the horrid day titles on the screen and the nasty artwork in the press…….

nic1946 on July 31, 2014 at 5:21 am

I can remember going to this cinema when it was being demolished taking down light fittings and toilet signs pulling up the ABC style carpet which all went into the Palace at Malton which myself and colleague had just leased to re-open as a cinema.

terry on October 11, 2015 at 3:16 pm

I have uploaded a photo of the ABC shortly after renaming showing the gritty prison drama, ‘The Criminal’ in 1961.

terry on March 15, 2016 at 3:46 pm

Images uploaded to photos section.

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