Lost Bristol cinemas ...the Vandyck.

A 1,200-seater designed by W. H. Watkins, opened 5th November 1926. In my day one of the ABC chain which included the Whiteladies, the Kings and the Rex. To bingo, June 1973. Now a ...well, I'm not sure what exactly. It seems to be a species of pub ...with its capacious interior a discotèque perhaps.

Pezzle, Marion, and Patriciapye faved this
  • Old Sawley Youth PRO 9y

    I thought it was a former Picc. line station when viewed in thumbnail!

  • Stephen Dowle PRO 9y

    I see what you mean. It's the art deco look.
  • John and Jan PRO 9y

    Had many a great time there as a kid on Saturday mornings, Flash Gordon etc. Saw "Reach For The Sky" in 1956 on my 9th birthday, the old Douglas Bader classic starring Kenneth More.
    Its a Weatherspoons pub now.

  • barrs gas 9y

    I can remember the tanner rush on saturday mornings.
  • Stephen Dowle PRO 9y

    My Saturday moning venue was the Regal, Staple Hill.
  • Steve Selwood PRO 5y

    Saturday morning ABC Minors.Who can forget the song?

    "We are the boys and girls well known as Minors of the ABC
    And every Saturday we line up to see the films we like & shout with glee
    We love to laugh & have a singsong such a happy crowd are we
    We’re all pals together we're minors of the ABC"
    (If only I could remember useful things, not 45 year old songs)

    And best of all after the show we could catch a train for what must have been one of tthe shortest train journeys possible. Fishponds to Staple Hill
  • John and Jan PRO 5y

    Blimey Steve that brings back some memories.
  • keith spillett PRO 5y

    Yes, it looks like Down Street, or the original Hyde Park Corner!
  • Marion 4y

    I was wen this with my mum and mum's boyfriend Chris we went this pub dinner lots time. :)
  • c.mercer PRO 2y

    It's actually a rather good, family friendly, and well-preserved Wetherspoons pub/restaurant on the inside with no sign of a discotheque.
  • Patriciapye 9mo

    this was my favourite as akid I used to watch the saturday morning "funnies" here
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