Trafford Picture House

601 Chester Road,
Manchester, M16 0QW

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Previously operated by: Ambassador Circuit, Associated British Cinemas Ltd., Snape & Ward Circuit

Architects: John Knight

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Trafford Picture House

Located in the Old Trafford district, to the southwest of Manchester city centre, at the junction of Talbot Road and Chester Road. Possibly designed by Manchester based architect John Knight. The Trafford Picture House was opened in May 1922 and was the first cinema to be built by Alfred Read, later operated by the Ambassador Circuit and later the Reed, Snape & Ward circuit. It had a 30 feet wide proscenium.

It was taken over by the Associated British Cinemas(ABC) chain on 27th May 1935.

The Trafford Picture House was closed by ABC on 29th November 1958. It was then used as a car auction room for many years, but by 1993, they had moved out and the building was derelict. It was demolished in 1997. A Club 3000 Bingo Club now operates on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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UKmender on April 2, 2021 at 2:26 am

When converted to Trafford Car Auctions, the front stalls were removed and a large portal knocked into both side walls. The stage area became the auctioneer’s podium and the vehicles were driven through where the front stalls had been. The raked rear stalls were retained, giving prospective buyers an exellent view of proceedings. The building was demolished in 1997 and the site is now occupied by a ‘Club 3000’ bingo hall.

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