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Monaco Ballroom, Hindley
Started by: Lancs Lass (33)  Report abuse
Anyone remember when this used to be the REX cinema?

Posted by: ŠartŠ (6154) Report abuse
Showin' your age there, must be about 53/4 years ago when it was gutted & turned into the Monaco

Posted by: irene (2900)  Report abuse
My much-older brother, (19 yrs. my senior), used to talk about it being The Rex.

Posted by: h churnside (142)  Report abuse
in the fifties the price to go in the best seats was 10 old pennies managers name was cellini,

Posted by: Lancs Lass (33)  Report abuse
OK ŠartŠ I guess you got the timescale right but then you must remember it too.

Posted by: ŠartŠ (6154) Report abuse
Yep....I used to play in a dance band, sometimes at Hindley Public Hall late dances (over t'top o' the Co-op). We were invited to audition for the job at the Monaco, one Sunday morning.
When we turned up, the place was full of workmen, painting, papering & sawdust & shavings all over the floor.
anyroad, we didn't get the job cos at the time Jeff Greenough was running three bands, & picked the best players of the 3 to audition....End of story..

The band I was in was called "The Skyrockets", run by a chap, name of Whittaker. A 15 piece traditional danceband.

Posted by: tricia (157)  Report abuse
I remember Gloria. We loved going to the Rex and after that the Monaco Monday nights. Loved those days.

Tricia Harris

Posted by: Lancs Lass (33)  Report abuse
Hi tricia - are you Pat Chapman? Last I heard of you you were in Canada! Email me through Brian or whatever means there is on this system. In answer to your question about Hindley Green I always thought it was Wigan although legal documentation for certificates etc. comes under Leigh. I'm new to this site. What became of Marie, I would love to get in touch with you both.

Posted by: Lancs Lass (33)  Report abuse
I'm not really finding this an easy site to use so I hope anyone of you out there will persevere if I have been trying to contact you.

Posted by: tonker (20298)   Report abuse
Lancs Lass, for better response to your posts, put them on 'general'. It's 'wear it's hat'. If you know what I mean!

Posted by: ceekay (38) Report abuse
While you guy's are on the topic of old hindley cinema's.Can anybody remember a cinema on market street next to the conservatve club, and I don't mean the palace which was higher up the street.

Posted by: daveŠ (3501) Report abuse
There was a cinema called "The Castle," this was above the tory club, it was also referred to as the "Vic."

Posted by: spud1 (inactive) Report abuse
The Rex,Vic and Palace,we used to roller skate on the flagged area of the Rex,it was Mr Cellini who owned it,and he had a daughter with blonde hair,she was a beauty,it was 7d in the front seat's,10d in the other ones,the film's changed every two day's at all three cinema's.

Posted by: Lancs Lass (33)  Report abuse
The Vic was also referred to as the Flea Pit and it was good to go up in the Gods. I think it closed long before The Palace.

Posted by: Lancs Lass (33)  Report abuse
Up above the Conservative Club used to be the snooker/billiard rooms. Next door used to be a greengrocers shop which I remember as having a daughter who was VERY pretty with blonde hair. She was gorgeous and I was so envious.


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