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Report - - The Royalty Cinema, Birmingham. September 2021 | Theatres and Cinemas | 28DaysLater.co.uk

Report - The Royalty Cinema, Birmingham. September 2021


RXQueen

28DL Full Member
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Visited with @Chloe Explores

Whilst up in Birmingham this was our second explore of the day. A walk in, which is always good. We spent ages in here, is a really big building but sadly the middle/back of it is no more after a major fire. Once in the main bit of the building we could hear someone with an electric saw and we considered leaving as we thought they were upstairs but it was someone over the road so I’m glad we decided to stay.

There was signs of squatters but we didn’t see anyone. I loved this place with some beautiful windows and features, the office area was more modern to the rest of the rooms and hadn’t been touched by the fire. Would have loved to have seen it in all its glory.

History -

Located in the Harborne district of southwest Birmingham, at the corner of High Street and Greenfield Road. The Royalty Cinema was opened on 20th October 1930 with Maurice Chevalier in "The Love Parade". It was built for and operated by the local independent Selly Oak Pictures Ltd.

The Royalty Cinema was taken over by the Associated British Cinemas(ABC) chain in March 1935. ABC closed the cinema on 2nd November 1963 with Cliff Robertson in "P.T.109". It was converted into an Alpha Bingo Club (operated by ABC) and later a Mecca Bingo Club. In 2010 it was operating as a Gala Bingo Club. It closed around 2012. The empty building suffered a minor fire in November 2017, and again at 4am on the morning of September 19, 2018 when a major fire all but destroyed the building.

In the summer of 2011, the Royalty Cinema was designated a Grade II Listed building by English Heritage.

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Calamity Jane

i see beauty in the unloved, places & things
Regular User
Big shame about the fire. But youve covered it well. Nice stained glass there. Really nice photos, walk in always a bonus :thumb
 

Mikeymutt

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
Nice report. Shame it's such a state..I made two visits here myself before the fire. I even found the light switch ha ha. Was always a car wash there and we were that way and they had gone so we looked everywhere and nearly gave up and my mate noticed a door open :D:D:D

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Wevsky

A Predisposed Tourist
Regular User
That fire certainly did destroy the place, nice one for having a look. access to here was always a wet one but worth it..
 

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