Court Cinema

50 King Street,
Wigan, WN1 1BT

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Previously operated by: Brennan's Cinemas Ltd., Wigan Entertainments Co. Ltd.

Architects: John Priestly Briggs, Frederick Evans, Edwin Sheridan Gray, Richardson T. Johnson

Firms: Gray & Evans

Functions: Nightclub

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Royal Court Theatre

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Court Cinema

Originally designed by Richardson T. Johnson in 1886, the Royal Court Theatre was redesigned by the better known John Priestly Briggs in 1899.

In 1930 the interior was modernised to the plans of Liverpool based architectural firm Gray & Evans, and the theatre became the Court Cinema, however both balconies were retained. The proscenium was re-built to a width of 38 feet. The cinema was equipped with a Compton 2Manual/7Rank organ, with the console on a lift. By 1944 it was operated by Wigan Entertainments Co. Ltd.

The Court Cinema was last operated by Brennan’s Cinemas and in 1962, the Compton organ was removed from the building. It was equipped to screen 70mm films and it closed on 15th August 1973 with Julie Andrews in “The Sound of Music”.

It became a bingo hall, which in turn closed towards the end of the 1990’s. The Court Cinema was designated a Grade II Listed on 10th March 1998.

The building is now in use as The Hub - a nightclub.

Contributed by Ian Grundy

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Ian on March 9, 2008 at 10:02 am

Photographs, dating from 1996, can be found here:–

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JoeBGSU on April 6, 2008 at 8:57 pm

There are some pictures on the Wigan World website that show the Court as it was in 2006. Quite a lot of old features from it’s cinema days are still in existence: View link

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