Lyric Picture Playhouse

Edward Street,
Birmingham, B1

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Styles: Greek Revival

Previous Names: Queen's Hall Theatre, Queen's Picture House

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Located in the north of the city centre on Edward Street at the corner of Parade. The building was built in 1847 as the Church of Christ the Saviour. In early-1909 it was converted into the Queen’s Hall Theatre presenting vaudeville, concerts and animated pictures. This only lasted a short while, as in October 1909 it was taken over by the Birmingham Arena and became a boxing venue.

In 1910, it became the Queen’s Picture House. It was refurbished in 1919 and was re-named Lyric Picture Playhouse from 22nd September 1919.

The Lyric Picture Playhouse was closed on 10th October 1960 with Elizabeth Taylor in “Ivanhoe” and “Mail Van Murder”. It was demolished in 1985. Housing has been built on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Mike_Blakemore on March 13, 2020 at 5:52 am

The Cinema was owned by George Parkes who also had “The Stockland Green Playhouse Company (Plaza) and the Apollo Cinema Tyburn Road

Biffaskin on July 26, 2023 at 10:32 am

The actual name of this cinema was the Lyric Picture Playhouse, operated in 1944 by the Birmingham Lyric Picture Playhouse Ltd. Source: 1944 KYB.

Mike_Blakemore on July 27, 2023 at 4:24 am

The Birmingham Lyric Picture Playhouse Ltd., was a subsidiary company of “The Stockland Green Playhouse Co Ltd., With George Parkes as Chairman. He was also involved with Sidney Clift’s Cinemas I met him whilst I was General Manager of "The Stockland Green Playhouse Co Ltd., when it was then owned by "The Capitol Cinema (Ward End)ltd., I was closing down the cinema at the time

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