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Rookery Road dance hall Handsworth

chucka

Black Country Mon
Hi there, many, many years ago i used to go to dance hall in Rookery Rd, i think it was called the Plaza though i cant be sure as my memory seems older than me, i remember there used to be a pencil factory on the opposite side, can anyone remember going there and the name of it ? :rolleyes:

Chucka
 
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Stitcher

Guest
chucka, it was the Plaza. It started life as a cinema, went through the dance hall era and is now a mosque or something. I worked on the door there on odd occasions and I cant remember whether it was when I worked for Mothers club or The Tower. I have a feeling it was a Mecca venue, if so I would have beem placed there when they were short staffed or as an extra man if trouble was expected.
 

Big Gee

master brummie
The Beatles played there early in their career, and along with a few thousand others I queued up on the off-chance of getting in. Fat chance!The queue ran all the way to Soho Road! Unknown to one another, my future wife was also in that queue, about 6 years before we met.

Big Gee
 
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Ann B

Guest
When I used to go to the Plaza it was owned by Ma Regan, who also owned The Ritz Kings Heath and the Brum Cavern Small Heath.

Ann
 

Richie

Mr.Respectable
chucka, it was the Plaza. It started life as a cinema, went through the dance hall era and is now a mosque or something. I worked on the door there on odd occasions and I cant remember whether it was when I worked for Mothers club or The Tower. I have a feeling it was a Mecca venue, if so I would have beem placed there when they were short staffed or as an extra man if trouble was expected.

Preuming the building is nowadays a mosque, maybe Mecca was the ideal name for it:biggrin:
 
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Stitcher

Guest
Oh nice one Richie. I do like a person with a sense of humour and I must say I never thought of that one. Ha Ha
 

Jayell

master brummie
I used to go to the Plaza in my teenage years as it was not far from where I lived. I used to go with my friend Jean Thomas who lived on Soho Road and still have my card. I posted this recently on the Nightclubs of the Past thread.

Judy
 

norfolk brummie

gone but not forgotten
I played at both the Handsworth Ballroom, and the Garry Owen in Small Heath. Owned by the Regan family, the bandleader for both ballrooms was Charlie Simpson. The band stage at the Garry Owen had large barriers in front of it, almost like football club barriers. I wondered why, until one St. Patricks Night dance I found out! We were playing "How do you speak to an Angel" when the fight broke out. Within seconds there were fights everywhere. Charlie shouted "whatever happens lads, don't stop playing" We played the song non-stop for around twenty minutes, until the police, plus dogs, got the whole thing under control. Happy days!
 

pash

Brummie babby
Hi there, many, many years ago i used to go to dance hall in Rookery Rd, i think it was called the Plaza though i cant be sure as my memory seems older than me, i remember there used to be a pencil factory on the opposite side, can anyone remember going there and the name of it ? :rolleyes:

Chucka
Yep, it was the Plaza, a great night club, I used to go there around 1968
 

lindym

lindym
Hi there, many, many years ago i used to go to dance hall in Rookery Rd, i think it was called the Plaza though i cant be sure as my memory seems older than me, i remember there used to be a pencil factory on the opposite side, can anyone remember going there and the name of it ? :rolleyes:

Chucka
I do remember the Plaza on Rookery road. I loved going there I don't remember the pencil factory, but I don't remember anything else. Memory seems poor.
 

lindym

lindym
I do. I used to go to the Plaza dancing on nights out. Loved it. I don't remember the pencil factory, I don't remember anything else. Memory poor. Might remember just as going to sleep tonight.
 

A Sparks

master brummie
I don't remember a pencil factory either, Rookery Road school is opposite what was the Plaza and I can't see where the factory would have been - maybe further along the road?

Current view opposite, school playground next to the houses.
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Richarddye

master brummie
I've found it - Excelda Works!
Ok.................I went to school there and watched as the Plaza was converted from a picture house (we went in to see the projectors before they pulled them out), we never knew it as a pencil factory only as a silver/jewelry place!
 
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