The pictures that bring back memories of Greater Manchester’s classic cinemas

Forty years of lost picturehouses

Roxy Cinema in Hollinwood, Oldham, May 1993
Roxy Cinema in Hollinwood, Oldham, May 1993 (Image: Mirrorpix)

Generations of Manchester families have enjoyed trips to the cinema for decades. And many picturehouses have come and gone in Manchester over the years, with some sadly being reduced to rubble.

Now, the MEN has unearthed a selection of photos that are sure to bring back memories. Taken between 1954 and 1995, the photos below include cinemas in Stockport, Bolton, Rochdale, Hyde and Oldham.

Some show iconic exteriors, others capture the owners, staff and passers-by.

Did you ever visit any of the below cinemas? Share your memories in the comments section.

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