Former Olympia Cinema, Thornley Street, Wolverhampton.
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!
- Taken: 19 May 2020
- Camera: Canon 5D MkIII
- Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm 1:4 L IS USM
- Focal Length 24mm
- 1/200 sec
- ISO 100