Then and now pictures reveal how much Sheffield's Manor Top Cinema has changed

The Star’s now and then pictures show the iconic building that was built in the 1920s to house Manor Top Cinema, and is now occupied by a discount store.

By Sarah Marshall
Wednesday, 16th June 2021, 10:03 am

Located on City Road, the Manor Top Cinema was opened in 1927 following the expansion of housing estates in the Manor area of Sheffield.

According to Cinema Treasures, the cinema was owned by Manor Picture House Ltd and seated 1,680 people, making it one of the largest suburban cinemas in Sheffield.

Sound was installed in the early 1930s, and a new projection suite at the back of the stalls was added in the 1950s.

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The Manor Cinema, Manor Top, Sheffield, in 1976

The Cinema was sold to the Leeds-based Star Cinema Circuit in 1958, and from 1963 operated as a bingo club, with a selection of films shown on a part-time basis.

It closed for good as a cinema in 1969, and the building has subsequently been occupied by supermarkets including Challenge, Somerfield and Tesco.

Today, it is home to a Poundland.


The former Manor Cinema. Picture: Chris Etchells