Tag Archives: cinemas


Bygone Manchester: the Grand Theatre, Peter Street

The lower building nearest the camera was once the Grand Theatre. Built for Edward Garcia, and designed by a Mr Weldon, it opened as a circus on 29 September 1883 and then became a theatre. From 1916 until 1924 the building operated as a cinema, known firstly as the Palladium and then the Futurist. After […]


Manchester demolishes one of Britain’s oldest cinemas

Cine City in Withington is the latest historic building to go in the epidemic of greedy, short-sighted and inept development that has swept Manchester over the past ten years. Formerly The Scala, it opened in 1912 and was only the third cinema in Britain. Meanwhile the Victorian railway arches on Store Street, near Piccadilly, are […]