News Theatre

56 High Street,
Birmingham, B4 7SY

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Previously operated by: C.D. Cinemas Ltd., Jacey Cinemas, London and Provincial Electric Theatres Ltd.

Firms: Ward & Ball

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Cinematograph Theatre, High Street Electric Theatre, Imperial Playhouse, Oxford Cinema

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News Theatre Birmingham

Located in the city centre on High Street at Dale End between New Meeting Street & Carrs Lane. The Cinematograph Theatre was opened 29th July 1910 and was operated by London & Provincial Theatres Ltd. until 1914. Designed by architectural firm Ward & Ball, it had an attractive Neo-Classical façade. Possibly closed during World War I, it was re-opened as the Imperial Playhouse in 1918. In 1923 it was re-named Oxford Cinema when it was operated by C.D. Cinemas Ltd.

In 1932 it was sponsored by British Movietone News and re-named News Theatre, being the second newsreel theatre to open in the UK (the first was the Shaftesbury Pavilion Cinema, Shaftesbury Avenue in London). The News Theatre opened 18th January 1932 and was equipped with a British Talking Pictures(BTP) sound system. It was under the control of Joseph Cohen, who was soon to create the Jacey Cinemas chain, which operated the News Theatre for the remainder of its life. In 1937 the News Theatre was given a modern Art Deco style façade.

It was closed on 19th March 1960 and went into other uses before eventually being demolished later in the 1960’s. Offices for the gas company were built on the site. In 2020a chicken restaurant named Love Chicken operates at this address in the former gas offices building.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 2 comments)

Robbie25646 on June 8, 2015 at 5:33 am

I spent many a happy Saturday morning in this cinema during my childhood!

rivest266 on August 2, 2022 at 10:35 am

1932 grand opening ad as News Theatre posted.

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