Oxford Picture House
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Previously operated by: Star Cinemas
Architects: Harry E. Farmer
Previous Names: Oxford Picture Palace, Oxford Palace Cinema
Located in the Upperthorpe district in the northwest of Sheffield. The Unitarian Chapel was converted into the Oxford Picture Palace by architect Harry E. Farmer. It opened on 15th December 1913 with “Her Dreadful Secret”. It was operated by Heeley Electric Palace Ltd. The exterior was brick & stucco with leaded glass windows at the entrance. The interior of the auditorium had tapestry panels on the walls and above the proscenium were figures representing music & literature. There was a billiard hall attached to the cinema. By 1927 it had been re-named Oxford Palace Cinema.
In 1930 it was re-named Oxford Picture House and was equipped with a Western Electric(WE) sound system. The first talkie to be screened was Bessie Love in “The Broadway Melody” on 31st March 1930. On 20th January 1955 it was taken over by the Leeds based Star Cinema chain.
The Oxford Picture House was closed on 15th August 1964 with Peter Sellers in “Two Way Stretch” & Peter Sellers in “I’m Alright Jack”. The building was later demolished.
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