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Report - Carlton Cinema, Hull, Dec 13

Discussion in 'Theatres and Cinemas' started by H1971, Dec 22, 2013.

  1. H1971

    H1971 28DL Regular User
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    Another little road trip arranged and we were on our way. This was 2nd on our list. Not the best of places I've visited but enjoyed it all the same. Had a lucky escape on our way out, 30 seconds later and we would of been caught lol. Instead I got asked "have you been in that building luv?" ha ha haven't been called "luv" in a while :eek: Visited with Magpie :)
    History -
    Opened on 9th September 1928 with the silent film “Lonesome Ladiesâ€￾. The Carlton Picture Theatre in Anlaby Road was designed by the firm of Blackmore & Sykes and was built by Messrs. Greenwood and Sons. It was run by Hull Picture Playhouse Ltd.
    This was a lavish suburban cinema, with an elaborate green and gold sliding dome utilising Venetian glass and housing hundreds of concealed lights. Roman marble mosaics and painted plaster panels on the walls added to the sense of occasion engendered by a trip to the flicks. A Fitton & Haley organ was installed, but this was later removed to the more central Cecil Theatre and was destroyed when that theatre was bombed during WW II.
    The cinema had two entrances, one in each of the two towers on the front corners of the building. Above the proscenium was the inscription (rather inapt given how soon “talkiesâ€￾ arrived) “A Picture is a poem without wordsâ€￾. There was a single balcony and, for its date, a surprisingly large car park.
    It continued unaltered (save for minor war damage) until its closure in April 1967, after which it was simply converted to bingo usage which continued as a Mecca Bingo Club until 2008.
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    Enjoy :)
     

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