Gaumont Cinema, Snow Hill, Wolverhampton
- Ref No: P/7521
- Repository: Wolverhampton Archives & Local Studies
- Date: 1974
- Description: The cinema after its closure. Photograph taken by Frank Mason, Chief Librarian, Central Library, Wolverhampton.
- Admin History: Built on the site of the Agricultural Hall in Snow Hill, the Gaumont Palace Cinema was opened on 5 September, 1932. It was designed by W. E. Trent, built by erectors McLaughlin & Harvey Ltd., and ownd by Gaumont British. It was Wolverhampton's first "super-cinema" - designed to hold nearly two thousand people. It was equipped with all the latest vision and sound equipment, and an organ. On the opening night, the film shown was "A Night Like This" supported by "Northern Lights" and "Mickey's Troubles". In 1945, the Gaumont was selected for the world premier of George Formby's "I Didn't Do It". From then on, other premiers were put on as special late night shows to raise money for various charities. Occasional stage concerts were also presented aswell as live entertainement in the form of the Beatles in 1965. Late night films and Saturday morning matinees were also presented. The cinema eventually closed in 1973, and was demolished the following year.
- Level: Item
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