Cheetham Hill Road,
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Previous Names: Temple Picturedrome, Temple Pictorium
The site of the Temple Cinema, and the adjacent Temple School, is now a small housing development.
It opened as the Temple Pictorium in November 1913. The Kinematograph Year Book 1914 lists the Temple Picturedrome on Cheetham Hill Road with a capacity of 1,250. The owner is I E Morrison. In KYB 1937 it is styled the Temple Pictorium, seating 844, with BTH sound and with a 14ft deep stage and two dressing rooms. The owners are Temple Pictorium (Manchester) Ltd. and it was operated by the H.D. Moorhouse Circuit.
In KYB 1954 seating had fallen to 782. The proscenium was 30ft wide with a 15ft screen. The owners are the same. By 1963 it was operated by the G.B. Snape Group of Assoc. Cinema Companies chain.
In the summer of 1972 it was twinned by splitting the auditorium longitudinally down the middle. The Temple Cinema closed on 28th December 1983 with “Krull” and “Sex in a Women’s Prison”.
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