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Also known as Bristol Cinema, ABC Bristol Road, ABC Cinerama, ABC 1-2-3

Cannon Bristol Road

Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Mi, England
5 Bristol Road
, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Mi, England, United Kingdom B5 7TT
Status: Closed/Demolished
Screens: Triplex
Style: Art Moderne
Function: Unknown
Seats: 1712
Chain: Unknown
Architect: Archibald Hurley Robinson
Firm: Unknown
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Quite a large cinema with very modern frontage and grand foyer, the Bristol Cinema opened on 16th May 1937 with Jane Wyatt in "Luckiest Girl in the World" and Richard Tauber in "Land Without Music". Seating was provided in stalls and circle and the overal decorative scheme was a nautical Art Moderne style. It became Birmingham's Cinerama theatre during the 1960's.

Sold to the Classic Cinemas chain in the 1970's, it was divided into a triple-screen operation. Later operated by Cannon Cinemas it was closed on its 50th birthday 16th May 1987 and the building was sold for re-development. The site of the cinema now contains a drive-through MacDonald's restaurant.
Contributed by DEREK.L.HUNT


The Bristol Cinema opened on 16th May 1937, the architect was Hurley Robinson, built and decorated in an Art Deco style it had a seating capacity of 1,712 seats. It was taken over and operated by ABC Cinemas in 1944 and was re-named ABC Bristol Rd in 1959.

It was closed briefly in 1963 to be converted into a Cinerama Theater, re-opening as ABC Cinerama with 1,232 seats. It closed in 1972 for tripling, was later re-named Cannon and closed in September 1987 and was immediately demolished.
posted by KenRoe on Nov 15, 2004 at 8:56am
Thanks for you updates re Bristol Cinema
posted by dek on Nov 15, 2004 at 12:15pm
The Bristol Cinema site is now occupied by a Macdonalds.
posted by chris perman on Dec 4, 2004 at 3:19pm
Thanks for update re Bristol Cinema.Shan't bother to go there.
posted by dek on Dec 5, 2004 at 2:27am

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