Savoy Cinema

Ashfield Road and Tatton Road,
Sale, M33

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Previously operated by: Associated British Cinemas Ltd., Union Cinema Co. Ltd.

Architects: Robert John McBeath

Firms: Robert John McBeath & Sons

Previous Names: Savoy Cinema-de-Luxe, New Savoy Cinema, ABC

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Savoy Cinema

Located in Sale, Cheshire, now part of Greater Manchester, at the corner of Ashfield Road and Tatton Road. Originally on this site was the 700-seat Savoy Cinema-de-Luxe which opened in 1913, and closed to be altered in 1928.

The New Savoy Cinema was remodelled to the plans of architect Robert James McBeath and opened on 1st August 1929 with Norma Shearer in “Trelawney of the Wells” and Charlie Chaplin in “The Circus”. Seating was provided in stalls and circle levels. The entrance hall was in white terrazzo with blue & gold carpets. The auditorium was decorated in a Wedgewood style with Mahogany panels and Wedgewood Blue proscenium curtains. There was a small cafĂ© for the convenience of patrons.

It was taken over by the Union Cinemas chain in July 1936, and they were taken over by the Associated British Cinemas(ABC) chain in October 1937.

It was re-named ABC in 1963. In July 1973, the stalls area was refurbished and it re-opened as a luxury 580-seat cinema. However this closed on 2nd March 1974.

It was re-named Savoy Cinema from 1st November 1975, when an independent operator took over, and operated using the circle seating area only. The Savoy Cinema was closed on 26th February 1977. The building then lay unused until it was demolished in 1985. A block of flats has been built on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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CSWalczak on August 13, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Some pictures of the Savoy:

1, 2, 3,4, 5

Pendragon23 on February 19, 2018 at 6:15 am

I knew the Savoy well. In it’s later days it was managed by one Harry Nadler, who was a great lover of SF and fantasy films (he produced a magazine – L'Incroyable Cinema)and worked on the Fantasy Fim Festival scene. He was a friend of mine. I first met him when he ran a competition at the Savoy to watch Tales from the Crypt alone at midnight. I was a runner up, just in case the winner chickened out, and spent the time in the office chatting with him. He was in charge of the film program at Mancon 5 where we were able to see The Man Who Fell To Earth before it was released. Harry was lovely guy with a real passion for films and the cinema and sadly missed.

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