Sheffield's Cinema Heritage with Historian Mike Higginbottom

Sheffield's Cinema Heritage with Historian Mike Higginbottom

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The Fly Tower, Abbeydale Picture House

The Abbeydale Picture House

387 Abbeydale Road


S7 1FS

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Join historian Mike Higginbottom at the iconic Abbeydale Picture House for a presentation on Sheffield's Cinema Heritage

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Join us in the Fly Tower of the Abbeydale Picture House for a talk and presentation into the history and heritage of Sheffield's Cinemas. At the start of World War II there were 52 cinemas operating in Sheffield. Two more opened after the war. The very last of them closed in 1988, just as the first of the modern multiplex cinemas were opening across the city.

In the early 1980s Mike Higginbottom surveyed the then surviving cinema buildings within the old city boundary, and showed the results at a Victorian Society lecture in 1985. At that time, at least twenty-one cinema buildings remained substantially intact, if not in use. Since then two pre-war Sheffield cinemas, the Abbeydale and the Adelphi, have been listed Grade II and at least ten have been demolished. Mike’s recent re-survey shows the current condition of Sheffield’s surviving cinema heritage, including some surprising survivals. You will have the opportunity to view surviving components from the expansive Fly Tower rigging. You will also be able to purchase copies of Mike's recently published book 'Demolished Sheffield'.

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