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Thanks for that information, my parents didn’t move to Walkden till 1981 so wasn’t aware of its history as a bowling alley.
I actually got chastised by the staff for taking photos of the interiors of this place, just as well that I did though given that it has since closed down.
i remember having difficulty seeing Batman here when I was 11 (it was a 12 cert but they eventually relented and let me in) so maybe their age policy had gotten a little less relaxed by the late 1980s. didn’t the bar area have saloon style doors? have a vague memory of that.
wonderful to see some interior photos of this place, had some of my very first cinema going experiences at Unit 4, many thanks for sharing.
i believe this cinema appears briefly in the 1975 british sex film ‘girls come first’ and the harold balm striptease documentery ‘get em off’
this cinema features in a scene towards the end of ‘The Yes Girls’ (1971)
Two views of the cinema from 1976