Concorde Cinema 1 & 2

424 Stapleton Road,
Bristol, BS5 6NQ

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Previously operated by: Star Cinemas

Architects: William Henry Watkins

Functions: Storage

Previous Names: His Majesty's Cinema, Studio 1 & 2

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Concorde Cinema 1 & 2

Located in the Eastville district to the northeast of the city. Designed by Bristol architect W.H. Watkins, His Majesty’s Cinema was opened on 26th December 1911. Seating was provided for 800 on a single level.

In 1930 it was equipped with a Western Electric(WE) sound system. In 1934 it was enlarged to 1,200 seats by adding a balcony.

Taken over by the Leeds based Star Cinemas chain in late-1968, they twinned the building, creating a 330-seat cinema in the circle named Concorde Cinema and a bingo club in the former stalls. Metal cladding was placed on the corner entrance of the fa├žade. The circle auditorium was twinned in 1973 and re-opened with 166 and 183 seats. In 1975 the cinema was leased to a new operator. They closed in 1990. Bingo continued to operate for a few more years. The building has been converted into a discount store warehouse.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 3 comments)

Fabian_Breckels on March 21, 2016 at 7:29 pm

Correction – the cinemas actually closed in 1990.

Biffaskin on December 25, 2022 at 1:45 pm

Please note that the cinema was called Concorde, with an E on the end, as per the signage in the photos!

Biffaskin on December 25, 2022 at 1:48 pm

Star renamed the cinema Concorde, as they opened another cinema in the city called Studio Cinemas.

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