Metro-Continental Cinema

Gilkes Street,
Middlesbrough, TS1

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Previous Names: Marlborough Grand Concert Kinema, Marlborough Cinema

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Located in the city centre. Built on the site of the Temperance Hall which had been destroyed by fire. The Marlborough Grand Concert Kinema was opened in 1919. By 1920 it had been equipped with a 3 Manual ‘straight’ organ manufactured by local organ builder F.D. Ward. There were also concerts staged at the cinema.

Around 1930 it was equipped with a British Talking Pictures(BTP) sound system and it was re-named Marlborough Cinema.

In 1957 it was re-named Metro-Continental Cinema and began screening foreign films, including many (X) Certificate films. It later began to screen East Indian (Bollywood) films. It was closed in November 1962 and was converted into a bingo club. In 1976 it was demolished in a redevelopment of the area.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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