|The following story is part of Memories of Wednesbury High Street, a collaboration between artists, Iain Armstrong and Jo Löki, involving participation from a variety of Wednesbury residents. You can look through the photographs while you listen to people’s stories. For more information on the project and to view more stories, visit here.|
The Gaumont Cinema
|The Gaumont Cinema on Walsall Street is fondly remembered by many Wednesbury residents as a popular leisure destination and the location for many first dates. Built on the site of the Picture House in 1938, the Gaumont ran for many years, changing name to the Odeon in 1964, and briefly the Silver in the early 1970s. The cinema closed in 1974, but the building remained in use as Walker’s Bingo Hall until 2010. In its heyday, Wednesbury had several entertainment venues including the Palace Cinema and the Hippodrome Theatre on Upper High Street and the Rialto Cinema on Earps Lane. The Gaumont is the only building that remains and is currently under the ownership of Picturedrome Cinemas who intend to reopen it as a cinema once more. |
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Images in the gallery were shared by project participants working with visual artist Jo Löki. They were collected, edited, adapted and digitised into photo-albums © Jo Löki / Memories Of Wednesbury High Street. With special thanks to: Violet Heywood, Sandie Wood, Ian Bott, Elaine Costigan, Ken Roe, Mike Blackmore, David Simpson, Colin New Hyde who gave their time, access to personal collections and shared memories of Wednesbury High Street. Their vital contributions add to the conversations around Wednesbury’s rich heritage.