Club/Venue Opening dates

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Tuesday, November 19, 1912: Opening night of The Majestic Ballroom in Liverpool Road, Patricroft, Manchester 30 as The Patricroft Picturedrome with 400 seats on one level




Thursday, July 15, 1915: Opening night of The Brierfield Cinema in Burnley Road, Brierfield, Lancashire with Mary Pickford in 'Tess Of The Storm Country.'




Monday, January 12, 1920: Opening night of The Coliseum with 'Beyond The Pail' and 'Studio Girl.'


Friday, February 20, 1920: Opening night of The Ashton Palais de Dance in Gas Street off Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire and opened by Meers W. H. Broadhead and sons




Monday, September 17, 1928: Opening night of The New Victora Theatre in Church Street, Preston, Lancashire by the Provincial Cinematography Theatres (PCT)


Friday, October 19, 1928: Opening night of The Bolton Palais de Dance in Bridge Street, Bolton, Lancashire



Monday, January 18, 1932: Opening night of The New Star Cinema in Burnley Road, Brierfield, Lancashire


Friday, December 16, 1932: Opening night of The Astoria Ballroom in St. Mary's Way, Rawtenstall, Lancashire




Thursday, December 6, 1934: Opening night of The Crompton Cinema with Alan Dinehart in the film 'Dance Girl Dance' and Marian Marsh in the film 'A Man Of Sentiment'




Thursday, October 15, 1936: Opening night of The Club Creole at The Rex Ballroom, 23-25 Alderley Road, Wilmslow, Cheshire with Errol Flynn in the film 'Captain Blood'




Saturday, May 6, 1939: Opening night of The Empress Cinema with 'The Scarlet Pimpernel.'




Saturday April 20, 1940: Opening night of The Stamford Hall, 177 Stockport Road, Timperley, Altrincham, Lancashire




Sunday, December 2, 1951: Opening night of The Club 43 at The Stage and Radio Club, 43 Port Street, Manchester 1




Wednesday, January 16, 1957: Opening night of The Cavern Club at 10 Mathew Street off North John Street, Liverpool 2 with The Merseysippi Jazz Band, The Wall City Jazzmen (from Chester, Cheshire), The Ralph Watmough Jazz Band, The Coney Island Skiffle (from the Wirral)

Wednesday, December 11, 1957: Opening night of The Moulin Rouge at 537 Liverpool Road, Ainsdale, Southport, Cheshire




Saturday, October 3, 1959: Opening night of The Cavern Club at 10 Mathew Street off North John Street, Liverpool 2 under new management


Saturday, April 4, 1959: The Majestic Cinema in Liverpool Road, Patricroft, Manchester 30 closed and later became The Majestic Ballroom


Saturday, April 18, 1959: The Empress Cinema in Manchester Road, Stockport, Cheshire closed with last film 'Rock A By Baby' (a Jerry Lewis film)


Saturday, December 12, 1959: Opening night of The Empress Cabaret Club in Manchester Road, Stockport, Cheshire




Saturday, April 9, 1960: Opening night of The Iron Door at 13 Temple Street, Liverpool 2


Monday, April 25, 1960: Opening night of Guys and Dolls at 12 Kennedy Street off Cooper Street, Albert Square, Manchester 2


Wednesday, June 1, 1960: Opening night of The (Victory) Northwich Memorial Hall in Chester Way, Northwich, Cheshire when it was handed over to the Northwich Urban District Council


Friday, July 15, 1960: Opening night of The 2J's Jazz Club at 45-47 Lloyd Street off Albert Square, Manchester 2 with Jazz drummer Ray Ellington (1916 - 1985) supported by Dave Wilson and his Dixieland Band


Friday, August 5, 1960: Opening night of The New Rialto Club at Bury New Road, Broughton, Salford 7, Lancashire with Alan Black, Angila Ross, Bruce Ellis, Jack Grice, Ray Noon, Rockie Rendal, Terry Wayne, The Harvey Kelsal Trio, The Invaders, We're No Ladies, Soldiers In Skirts from 7.30pm


Sunday, October 16, 1960: Opening night of The 229 Club at 229 Stamford Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire with The Kirk Jovisson Jazzmen.


Sunday, November 13, 1960: Opening night of The New Levenshulme Sporting Club at 699 Stockport Road, Levenshulme, Manchester 19 with Michael Holliday with the Trebletones, The Ray Ellington Quartet with Carol Simpson, Edna Savage, Neville Taylor and Johnny 'Goon' Tweed.


Tuesday, November 29, 1960: Opening night of The Three Coins at 64 Fountain Street off Market Street, Manchester 2 with Eduardo Martinez and his Steel Band


December 1960: Opening night of The Top Storey Club in Crown Street, Bolton, Lancashire


Thursday, December 22, 1960: Opening night of The Liverpool Jazz Society at 13 Temple Street, Liverpool 2




January 1961: Opening night of The New Rialto Club at The Higher Broughton Assembly Rooms, 300 Great Cheetham Street, Higher Broughton, Salford 7


Friday, February 17, 1961: Opening night of The Cresta Club at 25a Warren Street, Andrew Square, Stockport, Cheshire with John Kennedy, The Comer Brothers, Susan Collins, Roy Stevens and The Keith Allen Trio


Monday, February 27, 1961: Opening night of The New Jazz Club at The Empire Social Centre, Factory Lane, Harpurhey, Manchester 9 with Mick Mulligan and his Band, George Melly and The Gladiators


Tuesday, February 28, 1961: Opening night of The Swinton Jazz Club at Swinton, Lancashire


Wednesday, March 1, 1961: Opening night of The New College Jazz Club at The College Theatre Club, Coupland Street, Hulme, Manchester 15 with Paul Beattie and the Beats and Johnny Peters and the Crestas


Thursday, May 4, 1961: Opening night of The Cheadle Conservative Club at 24 Stockport Road, Cheadle Village near Stockport, Cheshire with The Teenbeats


Saturday, May 27, 1961: Opening night of The Majestic Ballroom in the High Street, Crewe, Cheshire with Rory Storm and the Hurricanes


June 1961: Opening night of The Casino Club at 417 Crompton Way, Bolton, Lancashire


Friday, July 7, 1961: Opening night of The Palladium Club in Collyhurst Street, Collyhurst, Manchester 40 with Mike Preston, The Gaytones, Johnny 'Goon' Tweed, The Solitaires, Terry Kaye, Dorothy Fraser, The Dakotas, The Wright Brothers, Johnson and Morley, Steve Martin, Pat O'Hara, Bernard Manning


On Sunday, July 21, 1961 Opening night of The Rockin Shoe Disco in Burnley Road, Brierfield, Lancashire


Wednesday, July 26, 1961: Opening night of The Klub Koquette in Warren Street, Stockport, Cheshire with The Gladiators, 7pm - 11.30pm


Thursday, September 15, 1961: Opening night of The Consul Club in Suffolk Street, Chadderton, Lancashire


Saturday, September 30, 1961: Opening night of The Storyville Jazz Club at 13 Temple Street, Liverpool 2


Friday, October 20, 1961: Opening night of The Dorsey Street Jazz Club at The Barbeque Club, 5 Dorsey Street off Tib Street, Manchester 4 with The Dorsey St. Jazzmen


Monday, October 23, 1961: Opening night of The House of Bamboo at 8 Canal Street off Chorlton Street near Piccadilly, Manchester 1


Saturday, November 4, 1961: Opening night of The Oasis Club at 45-47 Lloyd Street off Albert Square, Manchester 2 with Dick Charlesworth and his City Gents with Jackie Lynn. This club had been called The 2J's Jazz Club. 


Friday, November 17, 1961 Opening night of The Bamboo Club at 83 London Road, Hazel Grove, Stockport, Cheshire with The Tony Foulkes Dallas Band.


Sunday, November 18, 1961: Opening night of The Garrick Cabaret Club in Leigh Road, Leigh, Lancashire with Ronnie Carroll, Louis Hamilton, Peter Robinson,  Dane Roberts, Johnny Kennedy, etc. from 7pm


Friday, December 15, 1961: Opening night of The New 77 Club in Burnley Road, Brierfield, Lancashire


Sunday, December 17, 1961: Opening night of The Top Twenty Club at The Rex Ballroom at 23-25 Alderley Road, Wilmslow, Cheshire with The Fabulous Fourtones


December 1961: The Ashton Palais De Dance closed




Sunday, January 7, 1962: Opening night of The Mersey Club at The Mersey Hotel, Princess Road, West Didsbury, south Manchester 20 with The Skyliners


January 1962: Opening night of The Ashton Palais in Gas Street off Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire


Thursday, February 1, 1962: Opening night of The Beatles Club, The Thistle Cafe, Banks Road, West Kirby, Cheshire from 7.30pm to 11.30pm with The Beatles, Steve Day and the Drifters 


Friday, April 6, 1962: Opening night of The Raven Club at 210a Turncroft Lane, Offerton, Stockport, Cheshire with Ricky Young And The Fourtones


Wednesday, April 25, 1962: Opening night of The Hi-Fi Dance Club at 28 Richmond Street off Sackville Street, Manchester 1 from 7.30pm to 12pm


Saturday, April 28, 1962: Opening of The Whiskey A GoGo Disco Club at The Higher Broughton Assembly Rooms, 300 Great Cheetham Street, Salford 7, Cheshire


Sunday, May 20, 1962: Opening night of The Railway Jazz Club in Station Road, Wilmslow, Cheshire with Allan Dent's Jazzmen from 7.45pm


Thursday, June 28, 1962: Opening night of The Casino Pigalle Club at 10/14 New Brown Street, Manchester 4 with The Mel Stephens Trio.


August 1962: Opening night of The Beachcomber Coffee Club, Bank Street, Bolton, Lancashire, England


Saturday, September 1, 1962: The opening night of The Higher Broughton Assembly Ballroom at 300 Great Cheetham Street, Higher Broughton, Salford 7, Lancashire with Jimmy Justice and the Exchequers, Johnny Martin and the Tremors, Vin Atherton and the Jazzmen.


Friday, November 30, 1962: Opening night of The Jungfrau Club at 24-36 Cathedral Street, Manchester 1 


Thursday, December 13, 1962: Opening night of The Devil's Cave at 1220 Oldham Road, Newton Heath, Manchester 10




Sunday, January 27, 1963: Opening night of The Twisted Wheel Club at 30 Brazennose Street off Albert Square, Manchester 2 and opened with The Karl Denver Trio, The Skyliners, Dean West and the Hellions


Monday, January 28, 1963: The Preston Top Rank was Church Street, Preston, Lancashire


Monday, March 25, 1963: Opening night of Mr. Smiths at 1 Brazil Street off Whitworth Street, Manchester 1 with Alan Haven with George Walker and the Tony Charlesworth Quartet from 6.30pm to 2am


Sunday, May 5, 1963: Opening night of The Top Ten Dance Club was in The New Elizabethan Ballroom at The Belle Vue Zoological Gardens, Hyde Road, Gorton, Manchester 12 with Peter Jay and the Jaywalkers, Pete Maclaine and the Clan


Friday, July 12 - Saturday, July 13, 1963: Opening night of The Arora Club at 5 Peel Street opposite Cannon Street Car Park, Manchester 4 with Johnny Martin and the Tremor, The Jetzens from 7pm to 1am


Friday, July 12, 1963: Opening night of Al-Kazar at 10 Fennel Street opposite Withy Grove, Manchester 4 with The Emperors of Rhythm from 7.30pm to 12pm


Tuesday, August 20, 1963: Opening night of The Burnley Road Subscription Bowling Green Club, Burnley Road, Accrington, Lancashire with Ronnie Holden, Jimmie Quinn at 8pm.


Friday, October 4, 1963: Opening night of The Beachcomber Club at 309 Eaves Lane, Chorley, Lancashire


Saturday, October 26, 1963: Opening night of The Rowntrees Sound in Corporation Street, Manchester 4


Friday, November 10, 1963: Opening night of The Sunday Star Club at The Crewe Town Hall, Earle Street, Crewe, Cheshire with The Rolling Stones, Frankenstein and the Monsters, The Crestas


Friday, November 15, 1963: Opening night of The Limit Club at 16 Wood Street, Middleton Village, Lancashire with The Four Just Men, 7.30pm - 11pm


Wednesday, December 18, 1963: Opening night of The Casino Club at The Burnley Casino, Manchester Road, Burnley, Lancashire with The James Brothers, Les Peters, Shelia White, Del Derrick, David Hughes


Thursday, December 29, 1963: Opening night of The Beachcomber Club in Bank Street, Bolton, Lancashire




Friday, January 31, 1964: Saw the re-opening of The Whiskey A GoGo Disco Club at The Higher Broughton Assembly Rooms, 300 Great Cheetham Street, Higher Broughton, Salford 7, Cheshire with Frank Kelly and the Hunters


Friday, February 21, 1964: Opening night of The Fairfield Street Teenage Dance Club at The Spring Hill New Church, Fairfield Street, Accrington, Lancashire with The Gemini Sound, The Silver Network from 7pm


Friday, March 6, 1964: Opening night of The Top Twenty Club at Tollbar House, Ashton New Road off Market Street, Droylsden, Lancashire now Manchester 41, Greater Manchester with Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders


Saturday, March 21 to Sunday, March 22, 1964: Opening night of The Back Door Club in Bow Lane off Albert Square, Manchester 2 with The Stylos and Mr. Smith and Sum People from 12pm to 5am


Thursday, April 16 1964: Opening night of The Cubiklub in Slack Street, Rochdale, Lancashire with The Rolling Stones, David John and the Mood, The St. Louis Checks


Saturday, May 23, 1964: Opening night of The Manchester Cavern at 11 Comfort Street off Market Street, Manchester 4 with The Four Pennies, Little Phil Swaggers


Friday, August 14, 1964: Opening night of The Teenbeat Club, Oak Street, Brierfield Centre, Brierfield, Lancashire with The Swashbuckling Mutineers, 7.30pm - 11pm


Friday, August 28, 1964: Opening night of The Beat City at 64 Fountain Street off Market Street, Manchester 2 with Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders, The Traders, D.J. Jimmy Savile


Saturday, September 26, 1964: Opening night of The Disc-A-GoGo Club at The Higher Broughton Assembly Rooms, 300 Great Cheetham Street, Salford 7, Cheshire with The Pretty Things


Friday, October 2, 1964: The start of new Friday Beat Nights at The Sportsman's Club, Peel Park, Accrington, Lancashire, starting with The Dansaks at 7.30pm


Thursday, October 28, 1964: Opening night of The Sydney Street Workingmen's Club in Sydney Street, Accrington, Lancashire at 8pm


Friday, November 6, 1964: Opening night of The Black Knight Club in Miller Barn Lane, Boothfold, Waterfoot, Lancashire with The Ken Mac Quartet


Friday, November 13, 1964: Opening night of The Capriccio Club at 8 Amber Street, Manchester 4


Friday, December 18, 1964: Opening night of The Boneyard Coffee Club at 16-17 Manchester Road, Bolton, Lancashire with D.J. Jimmy Savile, The Poets, The Atoms, The Hi Spots, Allan Most at 7.30pm


Saturday, December 19, 1964: Opening night of The Beachcomber Coffee Club in Broadshawgate, Leigh, Lancashire with The Invictors, The Sapphires, The Spidermen




Sunday, April 11, 1965: Opening night of The Circuit Folk Club, The Saddle Inn, 48 Bradshawgate, Bolton, Lancashire with Mike 'Meic' Stevens at 7.30pm.


Monday, May 3, 1965: Opening night of The Towers Club in Lodge Lane, Warrington, Cheshire and opened on with Hylda Baker, Danny Williams, Mike Yarwood, Kathy Martin and full supporting show


Wednesday, May 19, 1965: Opening night of The Casino Cavern Club in Manchester Road, Burnley, Lancashire with Johnny Kidd and the Pirates, The Saracens, The Snipers, Juke Box from 7pm


Friday, September 3, 1965 saw the reopening of St. Bernadettes Youth Club in Princess Road, Withington, Manchester 20 with The Swinging Blue Jeans with DJ Jimmy Saville. 


Saturday, September 4, 1965: Opening night of The Birch Park Club in Anson Road, Rusholme, Manchester 14 with The Four Pennies supported by The Mighty Avengers


Saturday, September 18, 1965: Opening night of The Twisted Wheel Club at 6 Whitworth Street, Manchester 1 at their new address with The Spencer Davis Group supported by Ivan's Meads


Friday, November 5, 1965: Grand reopening of The Grafton Street Club, 27 Grafton Street off Oxford Road, Manchester 13, Lancashire, England with Flyntones Showband from 8pm to 12pm


Saturday, November 13, 1965: Opening night of The Jigsaw Club at 11 Comfort Court off Market Street, Manchester 4 with The Measles and The Mockingbirds from 7pm to 11pm


Friday, November 12, 1965: Opening night of The Blue Lagoon Club in Higher Bridge Street, Bolton, Lancashire




January 1966: Opening night of The Tabernacle Club in Waterloo Road, Hillgate, Stockport, Cheshire


Monday, February 7, 1966: The Astoria Ballroom closed on this day with a final gig of The Clayton Squares, Mike Hurst with the Trekkers and The Firing Squad


October 1966: Opening night of The Soul Staxx at 64 Fountain Street off Market Street, Manchester 2. This club had been called The Three Coins and The Beat City


November 1966: Opening night of The Club Oceans 11 in Dickinson Road,  Rusholme, Manchester 14 with The Bryn Bennett Trio




Friday, February 10, 1967: Opening night of Salford University at 43 The Crescent, Salford, Lancashire


May 1967: The Empress Cabaret Club in Manchester Road, Stockport, Cheshire closed due to a fire


Friday, October 27, 1967: Opening night of La Bamba at 11 Comfort Street off Market Street, Manchester 4


Saturday, October 28, 1967: Opening night of Sloopy at 45-47 Lloyd Street off Albert Square, Manchester 2 with Life 'N' Soul, Waterboard and Bujjies this band's début gig


Monday, October 27, 1967: Opening night of The Octagon Theatre in Howell Croft South, Bolton, Lancashire


November 1967: The New 77 Club in Burnley Road, Brierfield, Lancashire closed




Saturday, March 9 to Sunday, March 10, 1968: Opening night of The Magic Village at 11 Cromford Court off Market Street, Manchester 4 with Jacko Ogg and the Head People. The group played 2 shows, 7.30pm - 11pm and 11.30pm - 7am


Friday, September 20, 1968: Opening night of The Birdcage in Gas Street off Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire


Monday, October 7, 1968: The Golden Garter Cabaret Club was in Rowlands Way, Wythenshawe, Manchester 22 and opened with Bruce Forsyth supported by The Foggy Dew'O


Sunday, November 17, 1968: Opening night of The MSG Blues Club at 8-10 Millgate, Manchester 3 at 8pm with The John Dummer Blues Band with Jo Anne Kelly


Friday, November 29, 1968: Opening night of The Western Bar, The Celebrity Club, 56 Dale Street, Manchester 1, 7pm - 12pm


Friday, November 29 to Saturday, November 30, 1968: Opening night of The Celebrity Club, 56 Dale Street, Manchester 1, 9pm - 2am


Tuesday, December 3, 1968: Opening night of Poco A Poco in Manchester Road, Heaton Norris, Stockport, Cheshire 


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