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Report - Victoria theatre,Salford- January 2019


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The Victoria Theatre, designed by Bertie Crewe, was built by The Broughton Theatres Syndicate Ltd. The building's foundation stone was laid on 4 October 1899.

in November 1901, less than a year after opening, the theatre began showing films and in 1913 it was granted a cinema licence. The owner/managers, Messrs J. P. Moore & Montague Beadyn, also increased the capacity in 1910 from 2,000 to 3,000. However, from 1917 to 1919 the venue became a theatre once more.

In 1919 the theatre consultant Mr. Watson redesigned the auditorium with interior paintings and a Tudor Café and the theatre became predominantly a cinema again under H. D. Moorhouse, and remained a cinema until its closure in July 1958. The owner/managers from 1945 were Broughton Cinemas Ltd

Following the cinema's closure in July 1958 the theatre was used as a clothing / furniture store with some performances by repertory groups, including Venture Productions, and pantomimes being staged during the 1960s.

From the mid 1960s until the summer of 1971, the theatre was owned by a Salford businessman, Councillor Sam Goldberg. Goldberg allowed repertory groups such as Venture Productions to put on productions rent free. He also used the theatre as winter headquarters for his own Southport Repertory Company.

After a brief unsuccessful attempt to run the venue as a bingo hall in 1973 the theatre closed again. It then remained dark until the 1980s when a second attempt was successful and the bingo hall remained open until 2008

Palatial Leisure Limited closed down Victoria Bingo Hall in 2008 and have since carried out work on the roof; however, urgent repairs are currently needed to deal with the plant growth on the venue's facade.The front canopy was also destroyed after a truck collided with it.

the main stage area taken from one of the private boxes


down in the basement

the old bingo scoreboard

dish of the day

in the back

customer service




how places like this are allowed to deteriorate to this state is beyond me

although its in a bad way, theres still some decent little points about this place and its local too which makes for a decent boredom buster, thanks for looking.



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Is this still standing? Planning a trip to Manchester this weekend and looking for places to visit.


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its still standing but this post is a few years old so its probably best to check it out in person to see if there's any ways of getting in
I went on Sunday. No way in at all. I also visited the Salford Crescent police station and Crescent pub, also no way in.

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