Country of Issue: UK Manufacturer: J.R.Gaunt Diameter: 38mm
Coin Dates: (Known to Exist) 1885, 1928
Reverse Legend: “Good Luck from La Scala” above farthing,
“Oxford Rd, Manchester” below in between stops. Obverse Legend: “Keep me and you will never be broke”
within a horseshoe "J.R.G." (centred below - the initials of the manufacturer J.R. Gaunt) (Images & Information Courtesy of Bob Byrne U.S.A.)
The La Scala Cinema was opened at Whitsun in 1914 with a
seating capacity of 2,300. It was built for Bernard Rhodes
and initially the entrance was on Booth Street East, but it
was soon moved around the corner to the main Oxford Road.
The La Scala Cinema also had a ballroom and a cafe.
On 22nd August 1928, it was taken over by the Associated
British Cinemas(ABC) chain. Taken over by an independent
operator in October 1945, it was re-named Roxy Cinema.
It was closed in January 1958, for a total modernisation.
Re-opened as the Plaza Cinema on 27th February 1958 with
Charlton Heston in "The Ten Commandments" , with
Charlton Heston appearing ‘in person’ at this northern
UK premiere presentation. The seating capacity
had been reduced to 1,704.
Taken over by the Star Cinemas chain in April 1962,
bingo was tried, but films also continued.
It was demolished in 1970, and the Manchester
Aquatics Centre was built on the site.
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