Royal Picture Theatre

Fitzwarren Street and Seedley Road,
Salford, M6

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Previously operated by: J.F. Emery Circuit

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Located in the Seedley district of Pendleton, an area of Salford, to the west of Manchester. The Royal Picture Theatre was opened on 2nd May 1913 with “Black Chancellor”. It was equipped with a Western Electric(WE) sound system on 26th May 1930 when Janet Gaynor in “Sunny Side Up” was the first ‘talkie’ to play here. It was supported with the silent film “Excess Baggage” starring William Haines. In 1931 it was taken over by the J.F. Emery Circuit, but they only operated it for one year and it passed to an independent operator.

The Royal Picture Theatre was closed in 1957. It was acquired by Moore’s Bakery next door, and they knocked the walls through to convert the cinema into an extension to their bakery. By 1987, both the bakery and the former cinema had been demolished. Housing has been built on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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