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The Metropole Theatre, Ashton Old Road, Manchester

Later - The Metropole Cinema

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Poster for a Variety show at the Metropole Theatre, Manchester for May the 10th 1920 - Courtesy Stephen Wischhusen.The Metropole Theatre was situated on Ashton Old Road in Manchester and was built in 1898 to the designs of the architect J. J. Alley who also designed several other Theatres in Manchester, including the Royal Osborne, the Hulme Hippodrome and Playhouse, and the Queens Park Hippodrome along with the Pavilion Theatre in Liverpool, and several others in the Broadhead Circuit. The Metropole Theatre opened on the 6th of April 1898.

Right - A Poster for a Variety show at the Metropole Theatre, Manchester for May the 10th 1920 - Courtesy Stephen Wischhusen.

The Builder reported on the new Theatre in their 23rd of April 1898 edition saying:- 'A new theatre has just been erected in Manchester. The building, which has been named the Metropole Theatre, is situated in Ashton Old Road. The new house has been built from the plans of Mr. Alley, architect, of Altrincham, by Messrs. Broadhead & Co., contractors.

Programme extract with details of forthcoming attractions at Broadhead Theatres from a Music Hall Bill at the King's Theatre, Manchester for Monday the 10th of December 1906 - Courtesy Anthony Scott.The interior consists of pit, circle, and gallery, which have accommodation for four thousand people. The pit is reached from the street, the circle by an easy flight of stairs, and the gallery by inclines. The floors are of concrete, the stairs of iron, there are numerous exits, and a steel curtain divides the stage from the auditorium.

Left - A Programme extract with details of forthcoming attractions at Broadhead Theatres from a Music Hall Bill at the King's Theatre, Manchester for Monday the 10th of December 1906 - Courtesy Anthony Scott.

The theatre is illuminated with the electric light from an installation on the premises. On the circle floor is a room extending the width of the building for use during the intervals for refreshment purposes.' - The Builder, 23rd of April 1898

Circus Elephants going to Metropole in Manchester
Circus Elephants going to Metropole in Manchester
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The Thumbnail image shown right is a clickable short film clip showing Elephants being walked to the Metropole Theatre in Manchester, courtesy Valerie Morris, who tells me her father filmed the Elephants one year when they were being walked to the Theatre for the annual Christmas Circus production there.

The Metropole Theatre was closed as a live Theatre in 1938, having been bought by the H. D. Moorhouse chain who then reopened it as the Metropole Cinema with a seating capacity of 1,420. After a long run as a Cinema it was eventually closed in April 1959 and demolished in 1962.

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