Lost Venues

Here’s a list of lost venues around Manchester, compiled with reference to Dave Haslam’s excellent book, ‘Manchester England’ and a few recent chats with local residents.

Shorrocks-, super ballroom, Brunswick St
(was 2 adjoining houses! Had reputation for being toffee nosed. Resident band, The Syncopated Six.)

Grimshaws- Nr. All Saints, ( more populist, started as a dance school)

Ritz- Whitworth St, ( A bigger Dance Hall, seen as The Top Spot, guaranteed good dancers.. In 1930s described as ‘The Hall of a thousand delights’)

Palais De Danse, Harpurhey,( a bigger hall,)

RB Ballroom, Monton St

Levenshulme Palais, Stockport Rd, (purpose built, with capacity of 300 and sprung floor. Res. Band Bill Edge & his Boys, with lady Double Bass player, acc. Marie)

Chorlton Palais,- (nr.the bus terminal, was purpose built venue with capacity of 300.Its now a Mc Donalds, according to Pat).

The Larcano, Sale

New Aldri Ballroom, behind the Contact Theatre, Dave put Sonuc Youth on there

Finnegans, Queens Rd, Cheetham Hill, Burnt down in 2006 after closing in 2005

TOTP, BBC studio, Dickenson Rd

City centre:
Grosvenor Hotel & Deansgate Hotel (northern end of Deansgate)
UCP Coniston Rooms , Market st
Parkers Restaurant st,Marys Gate
The State Café corner of Market St 7 piccadilly
Pictue House basement, between corners of Tib St 7 Oldham St

Rusholme & Moss Side:

Casino Ballroom, Wilsmslow rd
Cowans Dance hall, corner of Raby St & Bickley st
Rialto & Merrie Macs, Denmark rd, (above the Co-Ops)
RB Ballroom, Monton St


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