Slot World, on the corner of Old Street and Delamere Street, was until a few years ago the Metro Cinema. This was the last of the cinemas in Ashton's town centre.
It opened in 1920 as the Majestic Picture House, with more than 1200 seats. It was renamed the Gaumont in 1946 and the Odeon in 1962. It was bought in 1981 by an independent operator who also ran the Palace in Stalybridge and was renamed the Metro.
It closed as a cinema in 2003 and the large foyer area is now used as an amusement arcade. There are currently proposals to pull the building down and replace it with a small car park.
Cinema is still very much alive in Ashton, however, but in the form of the multi-screen CineWorld on Ashton Moss.
The Metro may have been the last single-screen cinema in Greater Manchester, unless you know differently!
See Google Aerial View of this location.
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