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Location DB > England > West Midlands > Birmingham > Royalty Cinema
Royalty Cinema
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created by mookster on 3/30/2020 10:04 AM
last modified by mookster on 3/30/2020 10:12 AM
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Single screen art deco cinema with a large auditorium and ornate public areas - or it was, until it was destroyed by fire in 2018.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Abandoned
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: forget it
 Physical Information
Greenfield Road
Birmingham, West Midlands
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • unsafe flooring
  • flooding
  • air quality
  • interior gutted by fire
  •  Interesting Features
    Before the fires it had a beautiful auditorium and public lobby areas, post-fire, nothing remains.
     Security Measures
  • locked gates
  • welded doors
  • wooden boarding
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1930
    Closed: 2012
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • breathing mask
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    Located in the Harborne district of southwest Birmingham, at the corner of High Street and Greenfield Road. The Royalty Cinema was opened on 20th October 1930 with Maurice Chevalier in "The Love Parade". It was built for and operated by the local independent Selly Oak Pictures Ltd.

    The Royalty Cinema was taken over by the Associated British Cinemas(ABC) chain in March 1935. ABC closed the cinema on 2nd November 1963 with Cliff Robertson in "P.T.109". It was converted into an Alpha Bingo Club (operated by ABC) and later a Mecca Bingo Club. In 2010 it was operating as a Gala Bingo Club. It closed around 2012. The empty building suffered a minor fire in November 2017, and again at 4am on the morning of September 19, 2018 when a major fire all but destroyed the building.

    In the summer of 2011, the Royalty Cinema was designated a Grade II Listed building by English Heritage.
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     Future Plans
    Listed building demolition consent will likely be submitted and the building demolished.

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    January 2017
    Mon, Mar 30th, 2020
    posted by mookster
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