139 Old Lane,
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Previous Names: Whitehall Picture Palace, Whitehall Cinema
Located in the suburb of Higher Openshaw, 3 miles east of Manchester City centre. The Whitehall Picture Palace was opened in 1915. By 1926 it had been re-named Whitehall Cinema and in the early-1930’s was equipped with a British Thomson-Houston(BTH) sound system. It operated until 6th May 1957 when it was closed for refurbishment.
It reopened on 10th June 1957 as the Regal Cinema with Bing Crosby in “High Society”. It was closed on 15th February 1964 with Frank Sinatra in “Come Blow Your Horn” and Liz Frazer in “The Painted Smile”.
It became a bingo club until 1980. Then became a warehouse and in 1990 the upper storey was demolished. In 2006 it was a electrical catalogue clearance warehouse. It was demolished in early-2009 and the site is now part of a Morrisons supermarket.
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