Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Then & Now GAUMONT CINEMA

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Then & Now GAUMONT CINEMA

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WELCOME to Then and Now, where each week we compare images of Manchester streets, landmarks and buildings from bygone days with how they look in 2017.

This week: Manchester Road in Chorlton-cum-Hardy and the familiar landmarks of the former Gaumont Cinema, now the Co-op Funeral Home, and the former snooker hall, now the Sedge Lynn pub.

Our first picture dates from 1958 when the Gaumont's feature film was the murder drama The Whole Truth, starring Stewart Granger, Donna Reed and George Sanders.

A policeman helps uniformed schoolchildren cross the road, which was much quieter in 1958. There's a pedestrian crossing in the spot now.

And the tree in front of the Gaumont has grown quite a lot in 59 years.

The snooker hall, now a Wetherspoon's, started life in 1907 as a very different kind of watering hole - a Temperance Billiard Hall! …

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