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Just to put the record straight the Cats Whiskers Oldham was not formerly the Astoria.It used to be the Grovenor cinema.It was Baileys Night Club situated at the Star Inn that used to be the Astoria.Prior to that it was the Gaumont cinema and prior to that it was the top music hall venue in Oldham hosting top acts such has Vester Tilley.
Your spot on Kevin.I'm old enough to rember going to the Gaumont cinema at Star In Oldham with my grandad and before the film was shown an organist was raised up from below the stage and played his music to us all. Oh,and everyone stood for the national anthem after the film.Ah the good old days