I used to attend this place on a regular basis some 70 years ago. It was then the Canada pictures. My favorite players where Tom Mix, Ken Maynard, and Buck Jones. They where real cowboys who had gone to Hollywood to make money, and this they did along with many a movie. Every Saturday afternoon. It was the penny rush. My Dad used to say that they stabled their horses at the back, but I think he was just codding.
Comment by BARBARA on 21st September 2009 at 06:26
.I lived in school st;which was around the corner from the Canada Pictures.Visited there so. many times as a cinema and a theatre.
Comment by Freda on 21st September 2009 at 09:08
I'm sure that I can remember my dad calling this the ALLIANCE Picture House.
Could I be right?
Comment by maggie on 21st September 2009 at 09:14
I was a member in my last years at school. I have so many happy memories of this, and the people who were there as well. The wonderful plays I saw, I never wanted to act, just to be a helper.
Comment by Ron D on 21st September 2009 at 11:49
Freda. It was renamed the Aliance about the 50's --60's.
Comment by maureen on 21st September 2009 at 12:59
My dad used to be the projectionist there many moons ago,my mam was visiting her auntie who lived in the street facing and was sent to the theatre with some sandwiches for my dad and that is how they met ah.
Comment by dave marsh on 21st September 2009 at 13:34
Many a true word,Ron.Didn't Buffalo Bill stable his horse at The Hippodrome? We have managed to keep our theatre going in Jersey.I saw The Dinner Ladies there last week.
Comment by Frank Healy on 21st September 2009 at 15:43
Sad to say, although I've lived in Wigan all my life, I've never been inside the WLT.
Comment by cool56 on 21st September 2009 at 21:44
they put on well ace plays there and thats a great pic but i carnt belive youve never been to the wlt im quite yong and ive been twice
Comment by k,en campbell on 22nd September 2009 at 11:43
Ron I think you have forgotten a couple of my favorite Cowboys Gene Autery ,and Roy Rogers ,I use to ride all over the Slag Heaps from the Maypole Colliery In them days ,my arse was sore trying to make the Horse go faster.
Comment by Dave Meehan on 3rd October 2009 at 13:10
Codding! Great phrase criminally under used
Comment by IanMcL on 4th October 2009 at 10:14
The street to the rear of WLT is, of course, Alliance St and the building was built in 1893 as the Alliance Hall and was a Salvation Army citadel. In 1909 it was renamed as The Canada Picture Palace, from the Canada Picture company who distributed the films shown there.
1936 saw it owned by New Alliance Photoplays Ltd who renamed it Alliance Picture House - it closed in 1945.
In 1948 it was acquired by WLT, opening on 10th March with "She stoops to conquer"
Info from The Pleasure Palace A History of Wigan Cinemas by Brian Murphy
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