Temperance Hall

14 Temple Street,
Birmingham, B2 5BG

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Functions: Bar, Office Space, Restaurant

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Located on what was originally named Upper Temple Street at the corner of Temple Passage. The Temperance Hall built for the Temperance Society and was opened on October 14, 1868. It was designed by architect Henry Richard Yeoville Thomason.

It was remodelled and the exterior gained two turret towers (since removed) and reopened on 14th October 1901. Seating was provided in stalls and a horseshoe shaped balcony. Concerts and other entertainments were held in the auditorium of the building, and in July 1910 it was screening Kinemacolor Animated Pictures. By 1914 it was operating as a full time cinema. By 1921 it operated by J.H. Lear Hall. It was still operating as a cinema in 1927, but it was possibly never equipped for sound films. In 1931 it was sold to the Birmingham Law Society who used the front of the building as offices.

The building still stands today with the front section still used as offices named Cheltenham House. The remainder of the building is used as a bar & restaurant.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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