Queen’s Picture House

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Orford Lane, Warrington, WA2 7BA.

Opened 1914. Closed 28 May 1960 and Demolished.

1 screen. 1,179 seats.

Located on Orford Lane near Longford Street and Rhodes Street, the Queen’s Picture House was opened around 1914. [Another source gives the date as 18 September 1916.]

Seating was provided in stalls and circle levels, and the proscenium was 33 feet wide. When it was equipped with Western Electric sound equipment in the early-1930s, it was re-named Queen’s Talkie Picture Theatre, later reverting back to Queens Picture House.

The Queen’s was closed on Saturday 28 May 1960. It was the 8th picture house in Warrington to close due to the impact of television. A projectionist for Wirral Picturedromes Ltd of Wallasey who owned the Queen’s said attendances had been falling for three years. He also said that for some unknown reason more cinemas in the north-west have closed than anywhere else in Great Britain.

The Queen’s was demolished and a petrol station was built on the site, which by 2011 was a car wash. The bus stop outside is still know as The Queens.

Whether its official name was Queen’s or Queens is up for debate as two separate photos show it with both variants (see right).

Contributed by Ken RoeAdditional information by Gordon Gandy.