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Aberdeen Cinemas: Regal / ABC / Cannon
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Aberdeen Cinemas: Regal / ABC / Cannon

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Aberdeen Cinemas: Regal / ABC / Cannon
A photograph of the Union Street entrance to the ABC Cinema in around 1963. The canopy above the entrance advertises It Happened at the World's Fair with Elvis Presley and Joan O'Brien. This was an MGM film and the ABC had first rights to films from this company, a big draw for the public.

Prior to ABC's arrival in Aberdeen in 1954, MGM films were previously first shown in Aberdeen Picture Palace's Capitol on Union Street.

This cinema on Shiprow and Union Street had been known as the Regal since opening in 1954. In March 1962 ABC rationalised the names of its cinemas and this venue, along with many Regals around the UK, became known simply as the ABC. An earlier Regal vertical sign was replaced by the new one we can see in this photograph.

[Information primarily sourced from Silver Screen in the Silver City (1988) by Michael Thomson]
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