This photo was taken in 1937 to mark the opening of what was, at the time, Bolton’s most luxurious cinema.

Bolton Lido, 1937

The Lido on Bradshawgate opened in March and had been built both to show the latest films but also to host live stage shows. You can see the cinema organ on the stage.

The interior was decorated with a Venetian them including a large mural above the theatre arch.

There were nine dressing rooms and other facilities included a café and restaurant.

Over the years it has also been a bingo hall and casino and been known as the Studio Cinema, Cannon Cinema and ABC Cinema. It closed in 1998 and was demolished in 2006.