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Lead or Rumour info - Plaza Cinema - Sheffield

Discussion in 'Leads, Rumours and News...' started by fester, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. fester

    fester 28DL Full Member
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    Always enjoy browsing the forums so thought i'd post this up. Apologies if I haven't done it right :confused

    The Plaza Cinema located in Handsworth Sheffield


    The Plaza was opened on the 27th of December, 1937. A modern building, it was built in rustic brick with the tower faced with white faience. The upper part of the tower housed the air conditioning system.
    Seating in total was for 1,100 patrons with adequate waiting room provided in the entrance hall and foyer. The entrance was covered by a sweeping canopy with stairs to either side of the balcony. The auditorium decor was of decorative fibrous plaster with the walls in orange fading to a light buff towards ceiling level. Concealed lighting was hidden in ceiling troughs.
    Projection equipment consisted of a Western Electric mirrophonic sound system, Kaylee No. 11 projectors and Regal Arc Lamps.
    The Plaza had only two managers in it's cinema lifetime, George Turner being the first, who was replaced by Colin Arnold in December of 1957.
    The hall had closed for a brief period in July of 1947 for redecoration and refurbishment.
    The Plaza was opened for Sunday screenings from April 1953 with a children's Saturday matinee following just under twelve months later. CinemaScope presentations with stereophonic sound were introduced in March of 1955 with "Three Coins in the Fountain". The cinema closed for redecoration in September of 1962, and a year later saw musical groups and variety acts booked for a series of one night stands. These performances did not feature any film screenings.
    The Plaza was taken over by Ken Kerner Entertainments Ltd in 1963, and closed as a cinema in September of that year.

    I believe it re-opened as a casino shortly, then became the ubiquitous Bingo Hall. Most recently (in the 90s) it was converted again with the upstairs being used as a bowling alley and downstairs as a snooker hall.
    The last time I visited it was obviously dying a long death, very run down and struggling for custom.

    Just drove past and it's all closed down. Would love to have a mooch round myself but wouldn't know where to start, maybe of interest to some of you guys?
     

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  2. Speed

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    Good Lead, Thanks
     
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    Taken the kids bowling here a few times, didn't know it was shut. Cheers for the headsup :thumb
     
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    thanks for the heads up
     
  6. fester

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    Drove past today and it appears to have been Sold to new owners. I'm guessing the builders will be in shortly.
     
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