Temple Cinema

Cheetham Hill Road,
Manchester, M8 8JA

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Previously operated by: G.B. Snape Group of Assoc. Cinema Companies, H.D. Moorhouse Circuit

Previous Names: Temple Picturedrome, Temple Pictorium

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Temple Cinema

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”.

Contributed by H J Hill

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HJHill on May 15, 2014 at 2:46 pm

In the photo, right to left: Temple school; Temple cinema; and Temple public house. The spire is on St Luke’s church which was largely demolished in the 1970s, leaving the spire-less tower as a decorative ruin within the graveyard. This landmark may help fix the site of the Temple cinema in the featureless collection of modern housing along that (i.e. east) side of Cheetham Hill Road north of the Queen’s Road junction.

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