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If the building you're talking about has a Pagoda roof, it is indeed the Landsdown, Lacarno etc.

This is a photo of a building on London Road which has the look of a cinema as it has a sloping roof , front to back .

Any ideas on its name

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This is a photo of a building on London Road which has the look of a cinema as it has a sloping roof , front to back .

Any ideas on its name

Hi Poppychristina,

I certainly don't know of any cinema on London Rd except for the old Landsdown, which was at the bottom end. Where exacly is the building shown? Sorry to ask but I'm a bit too far away to take a look!

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Hi Poppychristina,

I certainly don't know of any cinema on London Rd except for the old Landsdown, which was at the bottom end. Where exacly is the building shown? Sorry to ask but I'm a bit too far away to take a look!

It is above the Tramway pub and opposite The Old Crown Pub. It definitely has a sloping roof like a cinema.My life seems to centre around pubs so I might make a visit and ask if any of the locals know what it is.

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There was one called The Don somewhere on Shalesmoor near West Bars. It became a clothing warehouse not long after the war and folk used to pay a chap (my mother paid a tanner a week to a Mr Brown) and at

Whitsuntide we went to the old Don cinema to get our new clothes.

Added to main list 7.6.08, thanks.

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I'm looking for info/pics of The Don cinema - west bar

A bit pedantic, but the Sunbeam was on Barnsley Road, not Page Hall. And right next door was the Sunbeam chippie, as I recall. And the Roxy was the cinema on Idsworth Rd, not Page Hall. Both my locals when I was a kid!

Listing corrected. thank you.

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The Don Picture Palace, was opened in 1912. It originally had seating for 950 patrons, but this was increased by the addition of a balcony 1n 1914, providing an extra 350 seats. The seats themselves were considered very smart being covered in red plush. Cheaper seating in the form of wooden benches was also provided but these patrons had to use a separate side entrance. Also added in 1914 were a Cafe and Grll Room. The cinema introduced sound films in 1930. The frontage was partially faced wth orange tinted terracotta, a similar colour to the Insurance Offices on St Paul's Parade.

From the bottom of Snig Hill, the Don was about two thirds along towards West Bar on the left hand side.

Info. from Sheffield Cinemas by Clifford Shaw.

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The Don Picture Palace, was opened in 1912. It originally had seating for 950 patrons, but this was increased by the addition of a balcony 1n 1914, providing an extra 350 seats. The seats themselves were considered very smart being covered in red plush. Cheaper seating in the form of wooden benches was also provided but these patrons had to use a separate side entrance. Also added in 1914 were a Cafe and Grll Room. The cinema introduced sound films in 1930. The frontage was partially faced wth orange tinted terracotta, a similar colour to the Insurance Offices on St Paul's Parade.

From the bottom of Snig Hill, the Don was about two thirds along towards West Bar on the left hand side.

Info. from Sheffield Cinemas by Clifford Shaw.

It was either the Don or the Rosco that had some double seats, very handy i seem to remember.

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I'm looking for info/pics of The Don cinema - west bar

I'm a bit young to remember the Don Picture Palace (or most of the other old Sheffield cinemas come to that - I remember vaguely going to the ABC in the early '80s when I was about 6) but after seeing an old photo of West Bar Green with what I assumed to be the Don (next to the old pub that has now just been turned into a recruitment consultants) I decided to pop down and have a look. If it is where I think it is, it is right opposite to the new law courts.

It appears the building is still there (it certainly looks like an old cinema from the side, brick construction with pitched roof and detailing similar to that of the old Landsdowne). By the looks of it, it is now a self storage unit or warehouse of some sort (stupidly I forgot to note the name of the current occupier) and the facade is covered by a pretty ugly prefab metal cladding, painted yellow and blue. Also, the left side has an ugly '60s/'70s building attached to it, hiding it even more. When I went up to the building, you can see the ornate old stonework below and behind the prefab, suggesting that the old facade is still in existence beneath the cladding (dilapidated, but still in existence). From what I've seen, an ornate stone facade and mainly brick used for the main shell of the building are typical of these old cinemas?? If it was Grade 2 listed, however, would they be allowed to put the cladding on?

I don't want to get anyone's hopes up if this indeed proves not the be the old Don cinema, but if it is then I hope the externals will be saved and restored to their former glory, especially since Sheffield has lost most of it's old city center cinemas, replaced by some of the worst examples of architecture the city has seen!

Does anyone know if this is the Don? And if so, is it likely to be saved and restored (outside anyway) as part of the West Bar redevelopment?

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You are right, Twamoran, thats the old Don you're describing. Don't have any idea as to whether the building is or was ever listed though. Maybe someone knows about this and any future re-developments. Welcome to Sheffield History.

Laurence

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The Weston (ranch house/ bug hut) in St Phillips rd had the smallest upstairs ever, three steps if i remember right.

We called the "orange box" but could'nt afford it.

Jack.

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You are right, Twamoran, thats the old Don you're describing. Don't have any idea as to whether the building is or was ever listed though. Maybe someone knows about this and any future re-developments. Welcome to Sheffield History.

Laurence

Thanks a lot Laurence! Glad to hear that is indeed the building, since it's an important bit of Sheffield history and representative of a specific era of life in Sheffield. It'll be interesting to see what they do with it, especially with the upcoming development of the West Bar area. I suspect in this day and age there's little likelihood of such a building being used for its original purpose, but it would be nice if it could be saved and integrated into the redevelopment as something more dynamic than a storage warehouse!

I drove past again the other day and its called Armadillo Storage. Here's the website (although I suspect it won't lead to any info on the old Don!): http://www.personalstorage.uk.com/stores/s...d-west-bar.html

Cheers,

Tom

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A bit pedantic, but the Sunbeam was on Barnsley Road, not Page Hall. And right next door was the Sunbeam chippie, as I recall. And the Roxy was the cinema on Idsworth Rd, not Page Hall. Both my locals when I was a kid!

List corrected, thanks for the update.

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How many do we have on the latest list please ? The reason I'm asking is I have a list of 87 places where film was shown, many for very short periods, I can scan the list, but not till Monday ....

A bit late replying to this but would love to see the listing you have. A quick check shows current list has 65 entries.

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We are going to try and compile a list of Sheffield cinemas and their addresses.

If you can think of any that are missing please let us know - post a message below telling us the name and location (and any memories you have !)

SHEFFIELD CINEMAS

ABC - Angel Street - http://www.sheffieldhistory.co.uk/forums/i...p?showtopic=189

Adelphi - Attercliffe http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/pi...ff.refno=s21384

Anvil - Charter Square - ( name changed from Cineplex in 1983) http://www.sheffieldhistory.co.uk/forums/i...p?showtopic=209

Central Hall - High St. Beighton http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/pi...ff.refno=s21310

Chapeltown Picture Palace - Station Road

Cinecenta - Flat St / Pond St (now part of Odeon Complex) http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/pi...ff.refno=s21387

Cineplex - Charter Square. (became The Anvil Civic Cinema in 1983) http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/pi...ff.refno=s21369

Crookes Cinema - 194 Crookes http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/pi...ff.refno=s02788

Darnall Cinema - Darnall http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/pi...ff.refno=s08093

Don Cinema - West Bar http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/pi...ff.refno=s20381

Gaiety Theatre & PH - West Bar http://www.sheffieldhistory.co.uk/forums/i...?showtopic=3099 http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/pi...ff.refno=s20386

Greystones Picture Palce - Ecclesall Road http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/pi...ff.refno=s02693

Hillsborough Park Cinema - Hillsborough - http://www.sheffieldhistory.co.uk/forums/i...p?showtopic=184 http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/pi...ff.refno=s21389

Kinema - Hillsborough http://www.sheffieldhistory.co.uk/forums/i...p?showtopic=661

Scala Cinema - Western Bank http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/pi...ff.refno=s20678

Studio 5,6,7 - The Wicker - http://www.sheffieldhistory.co.uk/forums/i...p?showtopic=208

Studio 7 - The Wicker - http://www.sheffieldhistory.co.uk/forums/i...p?showtopic=208

The Abbeydale Cinema - Abbeydale Road http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/pi...ff.refno=s02723

The Albert Hall - Barkers Pool (present Cole Bros site, 2008) http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/pi...ff.refno=s01459

The Balfour - Darnall

The Capitol - Sheffield Lane Top (became Essoldo in 1950)

The Carlton - Arbourthorne

The Central - The Moor http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/pi...ff.refno=s01231

The Chantrey Picturw House - Chesterfirld Rd http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/pi...ff.refno=s21388

The Cinema House - Barkers Pool http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/pi...ff.refno=s08044

The Cinema House - Ecclesfield http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/pi...ff.refno=s21315

The Classic - Fitzalan Square - http://www.sheffieldhistory.co.uk/forums/i...p?showtopic=146

The Coloseum - Spital Hill http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/pi...ff.refno=s08049

The Essoldo - Sheffield Lane Top

The Essoldo - Herries Rd Southey, Southey Green http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/pi...ff.refno=s21367

The Essoldo - The Common, Ecclesfield

The Forum - Southey Green - http://www.sheffieldhistory.co.uk/forums/i...p?showtopic=537

The Gaumont - Barkers Pool - http://www.sheffieldhistory.co.uk/forums/i...p?showtopic=187

The Globe - Attercliffe

The Grand Picture Palace - Spring St http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/pi...ff.refno=s21393

The Heeley Palace - Heeley http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/pi...ff.refno=s21363

The Heeley Colloseum - Heeley http://www.sheffieldhistory.co.uk/forums/i...p?showtopic=538

High Green Cinema - Thompson Hill

The Hippodrome - Cambridge Street http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/pi...ff.refno=s01462

The Landsdowne - London Road http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/pi...ff.refno=c01151

The Lyric - Main Rd. Darnall http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/pi...ff.refno=s02715

The Manor - Manor Top http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/pi...ff.refno=s08047

The Norfolk Picture House - Duke Street http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/pi...ff.refno=s21393

The Odeon - Flat Street http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/pi...ff.refno=s21271

The Olympia Palace - Bramall Lane http://www.sheffieldhistory.co.uk/forums/i...l=bramhall+lane

The Oxford - Addy Street http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/pi...ff.refno=s08088

The Palace - Manchester Rd, Ecclesfield http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/pi...ff.refno=s09347

The Palladium - Walkley http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/pi...ff.refno=s08085

The Paragon - Firth Park http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/pi...ff.refno=s08078

The Park Picture Palace - South Street http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/pi...ff.refno=s19604

The Pavilion - Attercliffe http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/pi...ff.refno=s21360

The Phoenix Theatre - Hillsborough - http://www.sheffieldhistory.co.uk/forums/i...p?showtopic=186

The Plaza - Handsworth http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/pi...ff.refno=s02718

The Ranch House - St Philips

The Regal - Staniforth Rd

The Regent - Barkers Pool (became Gaumont 1946) http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/pi...ff.refno=s08040

The Rex - Intake http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/pi...ff.refno=s21349

The Ritz - Parson Cross

The Rosco - Shalesmoor

The Roxy - Idesworth Rd

The Star - Ecclesall Road http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/pi...ff.refno=s02709

The Sunbeam - Barnsley Rd http://www.sheffieldhistory.co.uk/forums/i...?showtopic=1379

The Union Palace - Union Street http://www.sheffieldhistory.co.uk/forums/i...?showtopic=1472

The Unity - Langsett Road http://www.sheffieldhistory.co.uk/forums/i...p?showtopic=478

The Victory - Upwell Street

The Walkley Electric Palace - 28 Fulton Rd

The Weston - Weston Park

Tinsley Palace - Sheffield Rd http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/pi...ff.refno=s08076

Wincobank Picture Palace - Merton Lane http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/pi...ff.refno=s08092

Woodseats Palace - Chesterfield Rd http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/pi...ff.refno=s02423

I've tidied up the main list and added more pictures and info where possible. Any additions, corrections or other assistance gratefully recieved.

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Studio 5, 6 & 7. The Wicker. -

HI Tsavo l used to go to the Wicker before the war , there was 8/9 rows at the front, and sides of one long bench type seats ,they were covered with tatty old upholstry,price of ticket 2pence, if you was unlucky you sometimes copped for a groper next to you ,this happened to me once, and l asked my cousin who l had gone with to save me his "dog -end" and l sat holding it untill it was burning my fingers and l thought my plan was to fail, when the next minuite his hand came on my bare knee again, then l stubbed it hard on his han d OW ! Then he clouted me ,when the usherette came and wanted to know what the noise was about ,he hurridly went out ,l was glad my cousin was with me ,Skeets

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There are lots of Maps on this site (mainly 1950's) just begging to be linked to Sheffield Cinema and Theatres history.

Cheap, huh ? Same posting in more than one thread ! The Time and Motion Man would be impressed mind you he he

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Thought this ad from the Sheffield Star might fit into the list section as it covers more than one cinema including the CINECENTA ' in Pond Street?.

Added to main List 7.6.08

Yes the CineCenta in Pond Street, and just look again at that ad at what they are showing, all those X and 18 rated films. The walkway above Pond Street which went to this cinema seemed to be full of dirty old men in plastic macs (even when it wasn't raining) and assorted perverts wandering about outside their doors, not the sort of place you would want to be.

My picture shows it early in the day when it was safe for old women to walk up there alone.

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Scala Cinema - Junction of Western Bank and Winter St.

It is only a matter of yards but this cinema was on the corner of Brook Hill and Winter Street rather than Western Bank (Western Bank began the other side of the junction).

The linked image is not a very good one, only showing one corner of the back of the building. This is a better one.

Hugh

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