Comment by Alan (on Vancouver Island) on 22nd April 2017 at 00:06
Excellent photo of a beautiful building.
They don't make 'em like that anymore.
Comment by Helen of Troy on 22nd April 2017 at 07:46
Totally agree with you Alan, classic building recognisable anywhere.
I used to pass it on the bus on the way to school.
Comment by Veronica on 22nd April 2017 at 09:17
Classic buildings that blend in anywhere...they knew how to build in times past as has been said many times.
Comment by jathbee. on 22nd April 2017 at 09:18
Spent a lot of my time in there when I was a child. A beautiful building with many happy memories.
Comment by Jack on 22nd April 2017 at 09:42
There is a photo on people of Andrew Carnegie being presented with the freedom of Wigan in 1909.
Comment by Syd on 22nd April 2017 at 13:01
passed this many times in the 50's on the way to the cinema, which was further up on the left. Does anyone know the name of the cinema in question? The name escapes me!
Comment by AP on 22nd April 2017 at 15:34
He certainly gave away a lot of money.
Comment by Mick on 22nd April 2017 at 17:33
Before it was a cinema it was the Carlton club ( I had my first T Bone steak in there) then the cinema I think was called Unit 4
Comment by RON HUNT on 22nd April 2017 at 17:57
Mick, It was at first the CARLTON cinema, then the CARLTON club, then the SPORTSMANS club, then it became UNIT 4 cinema.
Comment by Maureen on 22nd April 2017 at 21:26
It was definitely a cinema first..my Dad was the projectionist there.
Comment by tuddy on 22nd April 2017 at 21:50
I think Unit Four only opened in the 70s, wasn't there a Queen's cinema further up in Pemberton?
Comment by Neil Rigby on 22nd April 2017 at 23:32
Located in Pemberton, near Wigan, Lancashire. The Royal Electric Theatre was near the half-way house on Ormskirk Road at the corner of Newland Avenue, and opened in around 1912/1913. It was later renamed Half-way House Cinema. By 1932 it was operated by the J.F. Emery Circuit, and it had been re-named Carlton Cinema (listed as this by 1937 with a seating capacity for 689). In 1934 it was then operated by the independent Eagle Picturedromes Ltd. of Wigan.
The Carlton Cinema was closed around 1958/1959. It had been re-opened by the Apollo Leisure Group by 1980. Re-named the Unit Four Cinemas, with seating provided in its 3-screens for 99, 117 and 88. It closed in around July 1997, and by 2007 was operating as a Carpet Wizard carpet store. By 2009, it was Carpet Warehouse.
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