RETRO: PICTURES: Doncaster's lost cinemas

The interior of the ABC Cinema.

The interior of the ABC Cinema.

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They brought joy to thousands of Doncaster people for years - so we're taking a look back at two of the town's lost cinemas.

There were plenty of picture houses across the town in the golden age of cinema, but we're focusing on the best known pair - the Gaumont (later Odeon) on Hall Gate and the ABC (later the Cannon) on Cleveland Street.

One of the ABC's three screens.

One of the ABC's three screens.

The Gaumont, which played host to the likes of the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Buddy Holly, was flattened in its later guise and the site is now occupied by a car park.

The ABC, which opened in the 1960s, was the Odeon's main rival and still lies redundant and boarded up, having screened its last movie nearly twenty years ago.

Take a stroll down memory lane with some of our pictures...

The foyer of the former ABC Cinema in Doncaster.

The foyer of the former ABC Cinema in Doncaster.

The ABC Cinema on Cleveland Street - Doctor Zhivago was its opening movie.

The ABC Cinema on Cleveland Street - Doctor Zhivago was its opening movie.

The old ABC building remains - awaiting its fate.

The old ABC building remains - awaiting its fate.

The Gaumont in 1952.

The Gaumont in 1952.

The Odeon in its heyday.

The Odeon in its heyday.

The final curtain - the Odeon is demolished.

The final curtain - the Odeon is demolished.

The film at the Gaumont in this picture was the excitingly titled London In The Raw.

The film at the Gaumont in this picture was the excitingly titled London In The Raw.