The ABC cinema on Leeming Street was originally called the Grand Theatre in 1905 and featured bands, choirs and even opera.
It was reopened as the Grand Super Cinema in 1929, changing to the ABC in 1963.
The ABC cinema on Leeming Street was originally called the Grand Theatre in 1905 and featured bands, choirs and even opera. It was reopened as the Grand Super Cinema in 1929, changing to the ABC in 1963.

18 fantastic retro photos of Mansfield's cinemas through the years

Mansfield has had a large number of cinemas during the last 120 years, some of which you may never have even heard of.

Wednesday, 12th January 2022, 10:38 am

The first cinema on record was the Hippodrome on Midworth Street.

It was built in 1905 and had a huge capacity of 1,000 people, and was home to lots of different types of shows, including circus acts.

After a short run of just two years, the Hippodrome closed, before reopening in 1914 as the Hippodrome Picture Palace and began featuring moving picture shows, and eventually renamed The Century in 1955.

The Granada on West Gate was one of the most famous of Mansfield’s cinemas until its closure in 1973, and was the venue which featured The Beatles in 1963 before their rise to worldwide fame.

The Grand Cinema on Leeming Street opened in 1905 as an upmarket venue for music lovers – it was renamed ABC in the sixties and is probably the one most are familiar with.

It closed in November 1997, with the new multi-screen cinema opening on Nottingham Road a month later, which was renamed the Odeon in 2000 and still stands today.

Have a look through our gallery and see which you remember.

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