Metropole de Luxe Cinema

153 Ashley Road,
Bristol, BS6 5NW

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Previously operated by: Star Cinemas

Architects: William Henry Watkins

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Metropole Cinema

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Metropole de Luxe Cinema

Located in the St Paul’s district of Bristol. The Metropole Cinema was opened in 1913 by the Eastville Hippodrome Co. Ltd. headed by George Allen. It had 700 seats, all on a single floor. It was equipped with a Western Electric(WE) sound system in 1930.

In 1937, the Metropole Cinema was enlarged to the plans of architect W.H. Watkins and now had 1,460 seats in stalls and circle levels. It re-opened as the Metropole De Lux Cinema on 31st January 1938 with Olivia de Havilland in “Call It a Day” & Charles Boyer in “History Is Made at Night”. Soon to revert back to its original name of Metropole Cinema.

The Metropole Cinema was taken over by the Star Cinemas chain in September 1967, and soon was operating as a part-time cinema/bingo operation. It closed to films in 1968 and was converted into a Star Bingo Club. The Bingo club closed at the end of 1974.

It re-opened as the Metropole de Luxe Cinema on 29th August 1977 with Charlton Heston in “Earthquake”. By March 1978 it began screening Indian ‘Bollywood’ films. It was finally closed in 1980 and the building was boarded up. It has since been demolished and in 2012, a new building on the site contained a Coral Bookmakers (betting shop).

Contributed by Ken Roe

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rivest266 on August 31, 2021 at 4:16 pm

January 29th, 1938, grand opening ad posted.

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