SD8010 : The Art Picture House

taken 8 years ago, near to Fishpool, Bury, Great Britain

The Art Picture House
The Art Picture House
A large Wetherspoon's pub.
The Art Picture House
An elaborate and complete example of an early 1920s cinema, exceptionally theatrical in its plan and decoration. The first theatre on the site was a conversion of a Baptist chapel which had become a warehouse. It had a minimal stage, 1.83m (6ft) deep, and a long ‘winter garden’ glazed foyer added along the length. This theatre was demolished in 1922 and replaced by the present building, also by Winstanley. It had stalls, a pit and a twelve row circle. The cine chamber, unusually, was at the rear stalls, not the circle. The first floor café was not completed until 1923. Main three-storey elevation is symmetrical in five major bays, the wide centre crowned by stepped pedimental parapets, all in white faience. The outer bays were originally crowned by elaborate arches with large keystones now replaced by stepped parapets above the third floor circular windows. The ground floor has been altered with modern tiling around the main entrance. Internally, a two level auditorium with two boxes on either side of the proscenium, having extended rounded fronts between Ionic columns. The L-shaped café was known originally as the Oriental or Indian Lounge.
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A Wetherspoon pub.
Wetherspoon
Founded in 1979 by Tim Martin, Wetherspoon is a large chain of pubs with almost 800 pubs around the UK, run by JD Wetherspoon plc.

Unlike other large chains, Wetherspoon do not operate their own brewery.

Wetherspoon are known for not playing any music.

According to the company website, the name Wetherspoon came from one of Martin's teachers in New Zealand, while the initials are those of Sheriff J D Hogg from 'The Dukes of Hazzard' TV series.

Wetherspoon also run Lloyd's N° 1 Bars which play music.

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Date Taken
Saturday, 19 December, 2009   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 16 January, 2010
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Public house > Public house   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 803 106 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:35.5018N 2:17.8823W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 803 106
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Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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