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Birmingham Cinemas

Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
Staff member
yes brian just over the road from the gothic pub...this cinema has been discussed on the forum and if memory serves me right i think an old photo was posted which showed the cinema...

lyn
 

Paul MB

New Member
Wonder if anyone recalls the old "Vic" on Victoria Road Aston. From memory and not positive think that was where I
used to go to the Saturday morning matinee in the 50s I remember seeing Batman in black and white and Roy Rodgers. It cost 6d in.
 

Williamstreeter

master brummie
Wonder if anyone recalls the old "Vic" on Victoria Road Aston. From memory and not positive think that was where I
used to go to the Saturday morning matinee in the 50s I remember seeing Batman in black and white and Roy Rodgers. It cost 6d in.

I used to live off Victoria Road in the 70's , the cinema was well gone by then . I've also seen those Batman serials and I'm pleased to say I have the entire series on dvd . Nothing can beat the original Batman in b&w
 

cookie273uk

master brummie
When I lived in Queens Rd Aston ages ago my 2 favourite local cinemas were the 'Vic' (Victoria Playhouse) and the Astoria, Aston Cross, never was keen on the Aston Cross cinema, only went if there was a particular film I wanted to see. Eric
 

Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
Staff member
what a little gem of a building the victoria playhouse was...does anyone know what happened to the land it was on....or was the playhouse demolished and the land left vacant ever since as so often we see..

lyn
 

Chris B

master brummie
what a little gem of a building the victoria playhouse was...does anyone know what happened to the land it was on....or was the playhouse demolished and the land left vacant ever since as so often we see..

lyn
I think the Aston Expressway runs through it
 

Lesb1972

New Member
Is this the picture house that became the Empress? Any idea of the year this photo was taken? As I said before, my uncle, Bernard Murphy was a projectionist there in the 1930's.
Hi there my grandad was Bernard but due to circumstances beyond my control I never got to meet him, do you have any further details about him
 

fletch1939

New Member
What was the name of the picture house which stood where Bristol street motors is. They seemed to show sexy type films, we went there to see the Yellow Teddy Bears in 1962 when I was 15.
HI, That was the Cinimaphone (spelling can be corrected by others if wrong)
 

fletch1939

New Member
Do you remember when an "A" film was on and you were too young to go in by yourself, you would hang around asking adults until someone took you in. Quite a scary thought today, but it was common practice then, and I never heard of anyone coming to any harm.
Hi, Used to do that at the Atlas stechford 'Take one in please'
 

tim eborn

master brummie
HI, That was the Cinimaphone (spelling can be corrected by others if wrong)
Dont think I ever went to see a film there but a few of us from The Birmingham Scooter Club used their coffee bar, situated under the balcony.
We had been evicted from The Midland Red Depot, Digbeth who explained they weren't going to keep their cafeteria open after 11pm to serve 7 coffees.
 
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