Electra Cinema

48 High Street,
Cheadle, SK8 1AE

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Previously operated by: Associated British Cinemas Ltd., G.B. Snape Group of Assoc. Cinema Companies

Previous Names: Electra Picture House

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Electra Cinema

Located in Cheadle, Cheshire, which is just seven miles south-west of Manchester and close to Stockport, so today it is considered part of Greater Manchester. The Electra Picture House opened on 26th August 1912. It was operated by John Burns. A new fa├žade was built in 1915 and in February 1928 it was remodelled.

On 30th October 1929 it was equipped with a Western Electric(WE) sound system and Al Jolson in “The Singing Fool was screened.

In April 1936, the Electra Cinema was taken over by the Associated British Cinemas(ABC) chain. ABC operated the Electra Cinema until 5th April 1954, when it was taken over by the G.B. Snape Group of Assoc. Cinema Companies circuit. They introduced part time bingo on several nights a week in the early-1960’s, but the Electra Cinema was closed on 9th November 1963. It was demolished in August 1965 and a supermarket was built on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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davepring on October 26, 2012 at 4:40 am

I used to visit this cinema as a child.If a film was in cinemascope the masking had to be manually adjusted by a pully mechanism at the side of the proscenium curtains.Featuring mostly family friendly films at cheap prices this was a lovely small town cinema.

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