1649-1651 Pershore Road,
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Previous Names: King's Norton Palace of Varieties, Palace Cinema
Located in the King’s Norton district to the south of Birmingham. The King’s Norton Palace of Varieties opened around 1922. It was re-named Savoy Cinema on 27th February 1933 after being re-furbished and modernised. The re-opening films were Joe E. Brown in “The Tenderfoot” and Loretta Young in “Working Wives”. Intimate little theatre with a nice foyer and a circle upstairs.
The Savoy Cinema closed on 2nd February 1958 with Ida Lupino in “Women’s Prison”. It was turned into a plumbing factory known as ‘Savoy Works’. In 2015 operating as Graham’s Plumber’s Merchants.
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The street address of the Savoy Cinema is 1649-1651 Pershore Road, Stirchley, Birmingham. It originally opened in 1923 as a silent cinema and music hall known as the Kings Norton Palace of Varieties (later known as the Palace Cinema).
In 1933 it was refurbished and modernised and re-opened as the Savoy Cinema. A monthly programme for 1938 is headed ‘The Savoy, Kings Norton’. It closed on 2nd February 1958 and was converted into industrial use, known as Savoy Works.
Strangely, the only ‘Savoy Cinema’ I have records of in my listings of Birmingham cinemas (various Kine Yearbooks) is the Savoy, Breedon Cross, Kings Norton which had a seating capacity of 950.
The savoy cinema was at the place know as breedon cross.The reason for this was because it was opposite a public house known as the breedon,which was destroyed by fire,demolished,and are now turned into a block of flats.
Thank’s for clarifying that Derek.
From 1958 Become “Art Display Services Ltd” Poster contractors for ABC Cinemas…. Remember being sent there for Posters while with ABC….
I have a feeling that someone was killed falling over the balcony in there in the 50s ?