Cannon Stockport

98 Wellington Road South,
Stockport, SK1 3UH

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Previously operated by: Cannon Cinemas, Classic Cinemas (UK), Essoldo Circuit (Contol) Ltd.

Architects: Francis Edison Drury, Joseph G. Gomersall

Firms: Drury & Gomersall

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Carlton Cinema, Essoldo, Classic

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Cannon Stockport

The Carlton Cinema was a creation of J. T. L. Mallard and designed by the architecural firm Drury & Gomersall of Manchester. It was in a typical 1930’s Moderne style and was opened by the Arderne Cinema Co. Ltd. on 28th July 1937. There was a large orchestra pit and full stage facilities but no organ. In the basement was located a cafe.

In July 1948 the cinema was taken over by the Essoldo Cinemas chain. After being converted to a twin cinema in 1971, by converting the balcony into Screen 2, it was taken over by the Classic Cinemas chain in 1972. It’s final owners were the Cannon Group who ran the cinema from 1982 until its closure in 1992.

In 1954 the Essoldo became the town’s first CinemaScope cinema and for many years was the only cinema to offer full stereophonic sound. “The Robe” was the first widescreen film to be shown followed by “How to Marry a Millionaire”. At the height of the “Davy Crockett” craze, in 1956, Fess Parker made a personal appearance at the Essoldo.

The cinema was demolished in 1994 and a small park occupied the site for several years. By 2011, offices had been built on site, which are occupied by Sky Television.

Contributed by Dave Slack

Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

Ian on August 13, 2006 at 9:48 pm

Two photos taken when it was the Cannon Cinema here :–

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Interior (former stalls screen)
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woody on July 6, 2007 at 2:14 am

and as demolition started
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woody on July 6, 2007 at 2:18 am

and another demolition shot from the screen end

David Rayner
David Rayner on March 1, 2016 at 1:55 am

Going to the Essoldo marked my introduction to cinemagoing. I was taken here by my mother and Godmother on my fourth birthday in April, 1951, to see the Cecil B. De Mille Technicolor epic SAMSON AND DELILAH. I can still see Victor Mature pushing apart the stone pillars that supported the Temple of Dagon and quite literally bringing the house down. I also remember I kept turning around in my seat and looking at the dancing beam of blue-ish light that came from way up there and seemed to have something to do with what was going on on the screen, never dreaming at that time that one day, I, too, would become a projectionist…although not at the Essoldo, Stockport.

terry on November 12, 2019 at 1:44 pm

Photo uploaded of newspaper ad for the live show, ‘The Rolling Stones’ and ‘Peter and Gordon’.

The four ‘super cinemas’ in the town (ABC Ritz, Plaza, Essoldo, Davenport) all had stages and dressing rooms but it seems strange that an important show such as this played the Essoldo as opposed to the ABC which, at least upon opening, had 600 more seats.

In other towns where ABC and Essoldo had stage facilities , most notably Stockton and Huddersfield, ‘The Rolling Stones’ were always to be seen at the ABC.

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