Broadway Cinema

16 Filwood Broadway,
Bristol, BS4 1JN

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Architects: Dennis Hurford

Styles: Art Deco

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Broadway Cinema

Located in the Filwood Park-Knowle West district to the south of Bristol City Centre. The Broadway Cinema was opened in 1938 by Roy Chamberlain. It had a 30 feet wide proscenium and was equipped with a British Talking Pictures(BTP) sound system.

It was re-furbished in 1961 and began part time bingo on several evenings a week. Cinema use ended in 1971 and it became a full-time bingo club which closed in 1992. The building stood unused and stripped out internally and awaiting demolition. It was announced in September 2022 that planning permission had been granted to demolish the former cinema and housing would be built on the site. Demolition began in April 2023.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 5 comments)

Buffer on January 5, 2017 at 12:15 am

Channel 4 news on January 3rd 2017 had item re redevelopment of Bristol. Camera caught this derelict cinema, the Broadway. Seen in CT without the metal fence but I imply it will soon make way for new homes.

richardhodgson on July 15, 2020 at 3:18 am

This building is still standing in July 2020 however stripped out for demolition. Please note correct address is Filwood Broadway.

richardhodgson on January 20, 2023 at 6:31 am

As of January 2023 this cinema is about to be demolished for flats however there is a protest group trying to getting at least the facade retained. Also pictured in recent Daily Telegraph article about the need for a new “grade 3” listing for buildings of importance but unqualified for a higher grading.

richardhodgson on April 8, 2023 at 5:21 am

Demolition commenced April 2023.

Biffaskin on October 28, 2023 at 4:48 am

Architect was Dennis Hurford with F.G.W. Chamberlain.

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