ST6475 : 2011 : The Sanctuary Church, Staple Hill

taken 7 years ago, near to Mangotsfield, South Gloucestershire, Great Britain

2011 : The Sanctuary Church, Staple Hill
2011 : The Sanctuary Church, Staple Hill
Where the shadows of Fred and Ginger once flitted across the silver screen, the Marx Brothers went west and Frankenstein's monster terrorised the villagers.

"Staple Hill Picture House/Regal, 1912-1963
In 1905, Frank Wren, a builder who lived at The Limes in Downend, purchased the land on which the cinema stands.The cinema, known as the Staple Hill Picture House, was built in 1912. In 1913,Wren leased the land to his son, Herbert F.Wren. By 1914, Frank had died and Herbert had purchased the nearby Clematis House (now called Riebeck House) and Bank House, built around 1847.
In 1927, the cinema was extended and much altered. Bank House was incorporated into the building, as was the old gospel hall, built around 1900, that stood behind. A dome was removed from the roof and the area beneath became a cafe. The cinema, now called the Regal, reopened on Monday 29 August 1927 with the silent film Mademoiselle From Armentieres."
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In 1963 the Regal, driven by television, became a Bingo Hall, then in 1992, driven this time driven by market forces, the Bingo Hall closed in its turn.

Glad the old place is being put to good use again.
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Date Taken
Friday, 2 September, 2011   (more nearby)
Saturday, 3 September, 2011
Geographical Context
Religious sites  Suburb, Urban fringe  Roads, Road transport 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 6461 7594 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:28.8780N 2:30.6611W
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OSGB36: geotagged! ST 6463 7592
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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