Cannon Studios 1-4
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Firms: Gillinson Barnett
Previous Names: Studios 1-4
Located on the Promenade opposite the North Pier, close to Talbot Square. On the site was originally Booth’s grocery store. The luxurious Studios 1-4 was built by the Star Cinemas chain as part of the Star Entertainment Centre, which also included a German Bier Keller and a discotheque. It was designed by Leeds based architects Gillinson Barnett.
The Studios 1-4 opened on 1st May 1975. Studio 1 had 238 seats and opened with "Succubus". Studio 2 had 140 seats and opened with "Monty Python & the Holy Grail". Studio 3 had 222 seats and opened with "Emmanuelle II". Studio 4 had 140 seats and opened with "Kung Fu Fighting".
The Star Cinemas chain was taken over by the Cannon Group in around 1982, and it was re-named Cannon in April 1986. The Cannon was closed on 28th October 1987 after operating seasonally for several years. The bier keller and disco continued for many years, but in 2011, only the disco remains open (using an entrance an the rear of the building) and is now a nightclub named Flares. The remainder of the building is shuttered.
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