Story: S.J. Reaney
1: Starting down memory lane at the tram stop in the Wicker, the old tram, destination the terminus at Sheffield Lane Top, but first the Wicker Picture House, one of eight in the area.
2: Next the Coliseum on Burngreave Road, further on the stone built church.
3: Over the top to Fir Vale, our third cinema, The Sunbeam, opposite a row of cottages.
4: Travel now to Page Hall, the Roxy Cinema and Roxy Ballroom. Fourth in line.
5: Then turn right down Page Hall Road, where the old trams travelled to Attercliffe shopping area, passing our fifth picture house called the Victory (no picture).
6: A return tram ride to Firth Park, sixth on the list, the Paragon Cinema.
7: Seventh house, just a short distance away up Herries Road, The Forum.
8: Our tram reaches its destination at Sheffield Lane Top, just a short walk down to the last of our cinemas, first called the Capitol, later years, the Essoldo.
All these cinemas are now gone along with many other buildings in our area, but we cannot complain as, in their place, has come much more for us to look at and admire. Take a walk in any direction and you will see changes that have enhanced our area, all planned by people who care.
Sunbeam photo courtesy of J.R. Wrigley and published in ‘A Pitsmoor Camera’, available from bookshops or by contacting Pickard Communications (0114) 275 7222.
Roxy photo by Harry Ainscough, copyright David Ainscough. More photos from the collection online at: http://www.copperbeachstudios.co.uk/
All other photos courtesy of Sheffield Local Studies Library, whos online archive can be found at http://www.picturesheffield.com/
- Cinemas map
Map showing the location of the old local cinemas, from the Wicker to Sheffield Lane Top.
- Cinemas remembered
Memories of cinemas around Burngreave by, once resident, Gordon Lawton.
- Old Cinema Programmes
A collection of local cinema programmes and film listings from the 1950's.
- The closing of the Coliseum
No Tears – and a cinema quietly dies. An article by Keith Farnsworth about the closure of the Coliseum cinema on Sptial Hill in 1963.
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