Broadway Cinema

2 Broadway,
Longton, ST3

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David Rayner
David Rayner on July 1, 2020 at 8:01 am

Evening Sentinel, Thursday, December 4th, 1958.


Prompt action by members of the staff and men working in the building saved the Broadway cinema in Meir from severe damage yesterday afternoon. The fire, which destroyed the screen and surrounding curtains, was discovered by a member of the staff. While firemen were racing from Longton and Hanley, the staff and workmen tackled the blaze with fire extinguishers and buckets of water. Firemen soon had the outbreak under control. The cinema manager, Mr L.A.V. Plumpton, told the Sentinel today: “We were unable to open last night. We will open as soon as we can get a new screen and curtains, which should be in a day or two. The cinema was closed to the public at the time of the outbreak. The film that should have been shown last night was “A Night To Remember”.

DavidRayner1947 on July 6, 2016 at 9:06 am

Demolition of the Broadway began in May, 1973, and a photo of the demolition was published on the front page of the Evening Sentinel newspaper at the time.

David Rayner
David Rayner on March 3, 2016 at 8:45 pm

Scan of the March, 1958, programme card added to photos.

David Rayner
David Rayner on January 30, 2016 at 12:21 pm

This photo was taken in June, 1959, during a reissue screening of “Mighty Joe Young” and “Where Danger Lives”, which began a three day engagement on Monday, June 15th, 1959. I have a complete set of Broadway programme details from when it opened in December, 1936, to when it closed in June, 1971, with the exception of the dates between June 22nd and August 2nd, 1959, during the national printers strike, when no programme details were published in the local newspaper. In fact, the strike went on for over six weeks and I only know the Broadway’s programmes for August because they managed to get a programme card printed for that month.