View Full Version : Archived: The Coliseum cinema, Cheltenham Gloucestershire. August 2010

Lady Grey
23-09-2010, 01:58 AM
My apologies if this topic has been covered on another thread.

The Coliseum began life as Gilsmiths Hippodrome on 22nd September 1913. The building was designed by H.R. Rainger and was built on the site of the conservative club, with the original facade being used. It was renamed The Coliseum in 1919 and became a cinema from 1931 until it's closure in 1974. Source - Gloucestershire on screen - http://www.gloucestershireonscreen.co.uk/screens
Since then various initiatives have been tried to keep the building as a functioning site, for example Bransons and latterly The Springbok Bar. However, there have been recent developments as to what to do with the building. It may be converted into flats, or worse - demolished.

The Coliseum holds personal memories for me, because my family spent many hours there during the early 1970's watching various films.

Anyway here are some recent photographs of the exterior of the building. There are no interior shots, from what I have read elsewhere the building is pretty secure.