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    Thank you Jennyann, will take a look now to see what i can find out, but noone seems to have had sally who taught us the danceing, i know i havent imagined it because i named my daughter after her, ill keep on asking someone might remember her,

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    hi all
    This isn't a dance hall question but does any one remember the name of a cinema in the Bristol Road not the Bristol, but it was half way down the Horse Fare I think, it had a cafe or resturaunt above it with a duke box which had a sort of TV on it???????? not far from Bristol Street motors.
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    Hi Paul

    The location would fit the 'Cinephone' which showed a lot of foreign films.

    I remember seeing The Wages of Fear there (in French).

    That must of been in the fifties - when the Goons did 'The Fear of Wages'!

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    I remember the Cinephone and the up-market French-style coffee shop upstairs. It was waitress service and quite the in-place to take a girl-friend to impress in the 50's.
    A group of us lads went in one evening and when the waitress took our order one of us pointed to the pictures in the menu and said "I'll have a lump of that cake" to which she replied "You mean a portion of that gateau, sir!"

    We never took him back there after that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jennyann View Post
    Hi Natalie-Layton: Welcome to the forum. I would think a trip to the Birmingham Main Library would give you some leads on the main dance halls in Birmingham for the years you are researching. There are some references on this forum of members memories from such dance halls as Grand Casino Ballroom which was on Corporation Street, Amies Dance Academy on Chain Walk in Aston. I know of the Albert Hall in Witton Road, Aston, The Palais de Danse...not sure where that was. The Tower Ballroom, Edgbaston, Tony's Ballroom,Hurst Street owned by the Kirsch family, the West End Ballroom,
    the Ritz Ballroom, Birmingham.
    Members of this forum may know of others. Good luck with your research.
    The Palais De Dance was in Monument Rd I think it was used for food storage during the war.and I guess most of the dance halls were closed to help the war effort., then they started using swimming baths & school halls for dances. I went to Woodcock St baths Moorpool Hall & Burbury St & Upper Sutton St Schools.

    Jean.

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    hi
    the palaise was situated on the corner of inglby street and monument rd
    and the entrance was in ingleby street
    the dance hall was a very massive hall, it was like a foot ball pitch inside. it held hundreds of people
    it was just along the road from camden street and just after the war william bullpitt
    purchased it for there ware housing deparpent right up until the seventy,s
    and there manufacting factory was just along from there
    i can recall goinginside that hall after the war days,and a old friend of mine was a commisioner there on the entrance in ingleby street
    and quite right jean it was a war years rationing storage ware housing
    to be quite honest it out shone the tower ballroom in more ways and one
    for its capacity , and in size of the building with the even better
    top bands during the war years .
    happy new year to you all best wishes astonian ;;;;

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    This pic of the road leading to the Tower Ballroom was originally put on some while ago by someone else, but I liked it so much that I kept it!


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    There was also the Mecca near the old Hippodrome and the West End, in Suffolk Street I think

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    I met my late Wife Doreen at a dance hall, I was home on leave from the RAF Christmas 1951(60 years ago !!!) and went to the Masque Ball room, either in Waford Road or Golden Hillock RD, I know I had to catch the No.8 Inner circle bus, we went quite a few times after that plus the Tower Ballroom. Eric

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    West End Ballroom and Cinema 1967


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    Hi Ingleton - I spent many happy hours at the Mecca in Hurst Street when it was called The Locarno!

    Judy

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    I saw that Eric Delaney died recently - I remember him playing with his band at the West End several times - and in all honesty, I always thought his solos on the drums dragged on a bit too long

    The picture is amazing - exacltly as I remember it - although looking at it after 50 years or so, it could easily be mistaken for a railway station by its appearance-

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    Just down the Alum Rock Road from Highfield Road towards Ward End , on the right hand side, there used to be a social club ( or was it a school ? ) I have just Google Street Viewed it and it is now a derilect site with fencing in front of it. I again remember many Saturday nights dancing there.

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    Thank you all, I remember all of them and the the very happy memories they invoke, lovely to see them all again.
    paul

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    Ingleton, is the place you are thinking of the Morris Commercial Club? It was very popular on the 50s/60s and I think you had to get your tickets on Saturday afternoons to be sure you could get in the dance in the evening.

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