50 Nicholson Street,
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Previously operated by: Classic Cinemas (UK)
Architects: Pascal Joseph Stienlet
Previous Names: La Scala Electric Theatre
The La Scala Electric Theatre was opened on 31st December 1912 on the site of an earlier New Royal Alhambra Theatre (1862). Ralph Pringle the proprietor put on occasional variety turns. The projection box was located at the rear of the stalls seating area, under the balcony. In the 1930’s the cinema passed to the Peter Crerer circuit.
However, I remember it as the Classic Cinema, which it became on 27th April 1974. By then the balcony had closed reducing capacity to 294, and it screened adult films. It became a bingo hall in the mid-1980’s, operated by Premier Empire Bingo. Recently it has also used by an atheist congregation who have “church with the interesting bits”. In April 2019 plans were approved to convert the building into a Wetherspoons pub.
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