Grand/ABC Cinema, Mansfield

Opened sometime between 1905 and 1915, according to which source you believe, the Grand Theatre was built as an opera house for Cecil Clayton. The architect was T.V. Woodhouse. In 1928, the facade was remodelled to add the projecting bow with pilasters and a pediment. It became a permanent cinema in 1929, and ABC took an interest a year later. The odd live show continued until 1978, by which time the exterior had been clad in corrugated metal and the name changed to ABC. It was then tripled, with Screen 1 in the stalls, Screen 2 in the balcony and Screen 3 on the stage. Closure came in 1997, with the new multiplex (pictured elsewhere in this set) opening a few weeks later. It is now used as a snooker hall, with the upstairs area disused.

  • Howard Mansfield 4y

    Definately built in 1906. I have a couple of photo's of it with the original frontage. The earliest shows it with the words "New Grand Theatre" in the stonework. A later picture from 1914 shows the front with five windows added, and the word "New" replaced with "1906".
  • "former woodus lad" 10mo

    Remember a gentleman dressed up in a purple jack and peck cap showing people were to stand before going into the pictures ,possible late 50's/very early 60's.,and who can't forget Saturday morning at the then ABC .Memories long gone.
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