Carlton Theatre

574 Stoney Stanton Road,
Coventry, CV6 5FY

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Architects: T.D. Griffiths

Functions: Furniture Showroom

Previous Names: Cupid Theatre

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Carlton Theatre

The Cupid Theatre was opened in October 1916. Designed by Coventry based architect T.D. Griffiths, with all 518 seats on a single steeply sloped floor.

In 1930 it was taken over by the Orr Cinemas chain and was re-named Carlton Theatre from 26th December 1930. The Carlton Theatre was closed due to war damage in November 1940, the final advertised film was on 4th November 1940 with Lupe Velez in “Mexican Spitfire” and Jimmy Lydon in “Two Thoroughbreds”.

The building was roofless for over 10 years, and was eventually repaired and became a warehouse for Eastern’s Furniture Stores. It later became a warehouse for Robinson’s Removals. By 1982 it was in use as a store for an amusement slot machine company, who occupied the building until 1983. By 1991 it was occupied by Mercia Knitting Company. It has now become a furniture store, which operates from two levels inside the building.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 3 comments)

PaulB52 on June 11, 2016 at 6:32 pm

I’ve added a photograph taken today, 11th June 2016, which shows further alterations to the frontage.

rivest266 on July 24, 2021 at 8:31 am

This opened or placed its first ad (which can be found in the photo section) in the Coventry Evening Telegraph on April 6th, 1916.

rivest266 on July 24, 2021 at 8:37 am

The Carlton Theatre reopened on December 26th, 1930. Advertisement for the grand opening has been placed.

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