Electra Cinema

Located at 48 High Street, the Electra Picture House opened on 26th August 1912. It had one screen and 868 seats and was operated by John Burns. A new facade was built in 1915 and in February 1928 it was remodelled.  Featuring mostly family-friendly films at cheap prices this said to be a lovely small town cinema.  

On 30th October 1929, it was equipped with a Western Electric(WE) sound system and Al Jolson in “The Singing Fool was screened.  If a film was in cinemascope the masking had to be manually adjusted by a pully mechanism at the side of the proscenium curtains!

In April 1936, the Electra Cinema was taken over by the Associated British Cinemas(ABC) chain. ABC operated the Electra Cinema until 5th April 1954, when it was taken over by the G.B. Snape Circuit. They introduced part-time bingo on several nights a week in the early-1960’s, but the Electra Cinema was closed on 9th November 1963. It was demolished in August 1965 and a supermarket was built on the site.

Before the Electra Cinema was built, Cheadle doctor Robert Ockleston's house once stood.