Electric Picture House

High Street and Queen Street,
Barton-upon-Humber, DN18 5QP

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Functions: Community Center

Styles: Italian Renaissance

Previous Names: Oddfellows Hall, Canty's Picture Palace, New Theatre

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Electric Picture House

Located in Barton-upon-Humber, Lincolnshire. The Oddfellows Hall is located at the corner of High Street and Queen Street. From 1916 to 1920 it was operating as Canty’s Picture Palace. On 14th April 1922, it was opened as the Electric Picture House. It became the first cinema in this small town to present ‘talkies’ when on 29th March 1930, a S.O.D. sound system was installed. The Electric Picture House continued to operate as a cinema until 1936. By 1939 it was a dance hall.

The building is in community use today and plans were proposed in Summer of 2022 to convert into flats. It is a Grade II Listed building.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ian on July 21, 2022 at 3:23 am

Electric Picture Theatre, Barton upon Humber. Built as the Oddfellows Hall in 1864 in the Italian Renaissance palazzo style. By 1911 it was at least part-time showing films and from 1916-20 was known as Canty’s Picture Palace - the Electric Picture House being its name more usually used. Around 1925 it became a theatre called the New Theatre (Queen Street was formerly named New Road), but by the outbreak of the 2ndWW was in use as a dance hall. The space was always at first floor level, and seated about 400, the ground floor contained meeting rooms and offices (and was converted to flats a long time ago). In March 1930 it was the first of the three cinemas in town to present sound films. The former auditorium has been derelict for many years now and has planning permission to convert it to 5 flats, with an additional recessed floor built on top. It is grade 2 listed.

Photos from July 2022:- BARTON upon HUMBER - ELECTRIC, Exterior


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