Iconic Cinemas of Greater Manchester
Remembering the Glorious Silver Screens of Generations Past
Step back in time as we embark on a nostalgic journey through the cinematic annals of Greater Manchester, where iconic theaters once stood as cultural landmarks.
We pay homage to five historic cinemas—Odeon on Oxford Street, ABC in Mersey Square, Gaumont on Oxford St, Essoldo on Chester Road, and Ritz on King Street—that once graced the region with the magic of the silver screen. Each of these venues, with its unique charm and history, bore witness to the golden age of cinema, leaving an indelible mark on the collective memories of film enthusiasts.
1. Odeon Cinema - Oxford Street, Manchester:
Opened: The Odeon Cinema on Oxford Street in Manchester opened its doors on September 2, 1930, during the golden age of cinema.
Closed: Sadly, this historic cinema closed its doors on September 14, 1991, marking the end of an era for moviegoers in Manchester.
Company: The Odeon Cinema chain, founded in 1928, operated the Oxford Street location until its closure in 1991.
Iconic Films: The Odeon on Oxford Street hosted the premiere of Alfred Hitchcock's "The 39 Steps" in 1935, adding a touch of suspense and intrigue to its rich cinematic history.