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Stafford Picture House celebrates centenary

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: February 25, 2014

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Pub staff, both past and present, together with regular customers gathered to celebrate the centenary of The Picture House, in Stafford.

The building, in Bridge Street, first welcomed the cinema-going public on the eve of the First World War and marked its 100th birthday on Sunday.

Customers enjoyed celebration cakes and champagne, as well as old film screenings and a documentary about the building's history. Jeremy Lefroy MP was also in attendance.

The Picture House opened its doors to the paying public on February 23, 1914. On that day, admission prices to a matinee showing of The House of Temperley, ranged from three pence to one shilling.

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The cinema screened films until the 1990s, and reopened as a Wetherspoon pub in March 1997, retaining the name The Picture House.

David Blomley, pub manager at The Picture House, said: “A huge thank you to everyone who celebrated with us. It was a fantastic day and a great way to mark a historic day for The Picture House.”

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