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Former Olympia Cinema, Thornley Street, Wolverhampton.

Former Olympia Cinema, Thornley Street, Wolverhampton.

Former Olympia Cinema, Thornley Street, Wolverhampton.

More recently the Planet Nightclub.

The Electric Theatre was the first in Wolverhampton, but not far off its heels the next opened on 14 March 1910 – less than two months later. It was a conversion – previously it had been the Odd-works factory. It lasted for just over fifty years, finally closing its doors on 9 July 1960, after which it became the Planet Nightclub. Walking past the rear gave me the clue and a little research revealed the origins as the Olympia Cinema.

The front does not offer any real clues as to its history, and it wasn’t until I found an old photograph that I could confirm I had got the correct building. Interestingly, the front hasn’t really changed much from its cinematic heyday!

Click here for a photograph as the Olympia Cinema.

Photograph Details:

  • Taken: 19 May 2020
  • Camera: Canon 5D MkIII
  • Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm 1:4 L IS USM
  • Focal Length 24mm
  • F/9
  • 1/200 sec
  • ISO 100

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