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Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy signed photograph

Stan and Ollie's theatre tour of Britain in 1952 was hugely popular, and 'the boys' were overwhelmed at their continuing popularity, long after their cinema heyday. This signed photograph originates ...

Starland Bingo Hall, Leek Road, Abbey Hulton

The Starland bingo hall on Leek Road opposite Abbots Road, was formerly a cinema. Since 2009 the building has been occupied by Campus City Breathe City Church. Formerly known as The Abbey Cinema, it opened ...

Sydney Barnes, Borough Hall, Stafford

Sydney Barnes is seated second from right. This photograph was taken on the occasion of an ITV broadcast of 'Home Town, Saturday Night' at the Borough Hall, Stafford. Seated, left to right, are Jane ...

The Alhambra Picture House, Normacot

The Alhambra picture house stood on Upper Normacot Road, closed in 1977, and stood derelict until it was demolished in 1994.

The auditorium of the Theatre Royal, Pall Mall, Hanley

Theatre Royal interior before it was destroyed by fire in 1949. Hanley's Theatre Royal had a long and colourful history until its closure in 2000. In 1840 a disused Methodist Chapel on Brunswick Street ...

The Broadway Cinema, Meir

A view of the Broadway Cinema on Uttoxeter Road, Meir. Art-deco in style, the cinema opened in 1936. It could seat over 1000 filmgoers and was on the Broadway Roundabout on Sandon Road. The site was close ...

The Cinema and Horse Fair, Rugeley

The Picture House cinema and Horse Fair, looking towards the Globe Hotel. The poster outside the Picture House is advertising 'Dandy Dick', a comedy starring the music hall comedian Will Hay. An advert ...

The Dolphin Inn, Kidsgrove

The Dolphin was at 43 Heathcote Street. The licensee at this time was Jacob Stanier and it is his wife, Elizabeth, standing in the doorway. The poster in the window is advertising the screening of two ...

The Elite Cinema, High Street, Uttoxeter

The Elite Cinema with Hedley Reynolds changing the film title on the front. The film being advertised is probably Romeo and Juliet, starring Norma Shearer and Leslie Howard, and released in 1936. The ...

The Elite Cinema, High Street, Uttoxeter

The Elite Cinema decorated with flags and banners to celebrate the Queen's coronation. The film showing is "A Queen is crowned". The 900 seat cinema was built by Messr Ward and Godbehere for Mr F.P. ...

The Empire Theatre, Longton

The Chancery Lane side of the building. Built as the Queen's Theatre in 1896 after a fire had destroyed the previous building, the Empire was a theatre until 1921, when it was converted into a cinema. ...

The Empire Theatre, Longton

The Chancery Lane side of the building. Built as the Queen's Theatre in 1896 after a fire had destroyed the previous building, the Empire was a theatre until 1921, when it was converted into a cinema. ...

The Focus Cinema, Market Street, Longton

A view north west along Market Street, formerly High Street, Longton. The Focus Cinema is in the centre of the photograph and to its left the premises of Hughes and Harber, printers and publishers. The ...

The Grand Cinema, Leek

The Grand Cinema and Hippodrome was built by Samuel Salt on High Street in 1908. It was altered, became purely a cinema in 1915 and was given this art deco facade in the 1930s. It closed in the mid ...

The Hippodrome Variety Theatre, Stoke.

The Hippodrome was built in Kingsway, Stoke in 1919. It instantly became a popular venue and also served as the Gordon Theatre & Opera House. Upon its closure in January 1961 it was the Gaumont cinema. ...

The Ice Skater puppet act

The Ice Skater puppet, by Douglas Hayward, has been made without knee joints in order to keep her legs straight while she performs to the music of 'White Christmas'.

The interior of the puppet theatre at Abbots Bromley

Photograph of the interior of the theatre at Abbots Bromley. The theatre closed down in 1985 it was then converted into a museum, and remained so until 1995 when the collection was moved to the Staffordshire ...

The Palace Theatre, Rugeley

This advertisement for The Palace appeared in the ‘Carnival Cracker’ the Rugeley Hospital Carnival, Diamond Jubilee Year 1931, Official Programme. The Programme also announced that there would be ...