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Filename: NWC01_01_0354.jpg

Size: 3662 x 5241 (3.9MB)

Date: 2nd December 2022

Source: Historic England

Credit: © Historic England Archive

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Gaumont Cinema NWC01_01_0354

Gaumont Cinema, Snow Hill, Wolverhampton. The former Gaumont Cinema viewed from the north-west, with pedestrians and cars in the foreground. The Gaumont Palace was opened in 1932 on the site of the former Agricultural Hall, which had been used as a cinema and which was closed in 1931. A restaurant was located above the entrance foyer, with a large window above the billboard. The Gaumont Palace was renamed the Gaumont Cinema in around 1937. It closed in November 1973 and had been demolished by March 1974

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1970s Cinema Street Scene Urban


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This print by Norman Walley showcases the iconic Gaumont Cinema in Snow Hill, Wolverhampton. Taken from a north-west perspective, the image captures a bustling street scene with pedestrians and cars adding life to the foreground. The Gaumont Palace, as it was originally known, emerged on this site in 1932 after replacing the former Agricultural Hall that had served as a cinema until its closure in 1931. The grandeur of this architectural gem is evident even from afar. Above the entrance foyer stood an exquisite restaurant adorned with large windows overlooking the vibrant cityscape. A prominent billboard further enhanced its allure. Renamed as Gaumont Cinema around 1937, this cultural landmark became synonymous with entertainment for several decades. Sadly, November 1973 marked its final curtain call when it closed down permanently. By March 1974, all traces of this magnificent structure were erased from Wolverhampton's skyline through demolition. Walley's photograph encapsulates not only a moment frozen in time but also serves as a poignant reminder of an era where cinemas like Gaumont played an integral role in shaping urban landscapes and providing communities with cherished memories. This snapshot transports us back to the enchanting atmosphere of mid-20th century cinema culture while preserving the legacy of one of Wolverhampton's most beloved landmarks

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