visited this whilst in the area, glad i did while i had the chance now. i didn’t have much hope for the glenroyal cinema shipley because i didn’t think it would have that much to see but it proved me wrong and i had a great day of exploring with BB and BA
The Art Deco style Glenroyal Cinema opened on 5th September 1932 at 2;30pm with the film “Emma” and a live jazz band on the small stage.
It was designed by Ernest Dawson of Manchester and seated 1,200, including 350 in the balcony. An unusual feature of the Glenroyal Cinema was five large windows with internal geared shutters, which could flood the auditorium with natural light.
There was a 2Manual Hammond organ on a rising lift which was regularly played until the cinema closed, when it was removed to a Working Mens Club nearby. Cinemascope was installed in 1955, and the capacity of the hall was reduced slightly.
The Glenroyal Cinema closed on 8th December 1962 with Shirley MacLaine in “The Loudest Whisper”. It was immediately converted into a bingo club operated by Star, which later became owned by EMI. Walkers reopened the Glenroyal in 1990 again for bingo, by this time a false ceiling had been installed at balcony level, only the ground floor of the building was used.
the building has since been on fire and has now been demolished and lost forever.