The Casino (Leigh)

1972 I was a trainee architect in central Manchester. The firm got the job of providing drawings for the builder re-fitting after it burned out. It was a very large hall with balconies all round and a full proscenium stage at one end.

I was left to my own devices and went crazy and it got built. A huge space frame hauled up to the roof with smooth shiny aluminium foil covered panels on top (milk-bottle top foil), and several rows of hung scaffolding the full length with door blanks covered in the foil spinning along them. All full of lights. I never saw it finished but it did all go in.

Anyone remember it? 

David Lees - 21/2/13

Great night out in the early 1970’s. Popular groups included Mud and Stoney End (Jenny Darren). The local paper advertised the week’s acts and, on Friday, ‘something special for the gentlemen’.

Later Cleo’s disco opened upstairs. Paddy Shaw and Maurice H were the DJs and played Northern Soul records that some regulars had picked up at The Golden Torch and Blackpool Mecca. Fabulous venue.

Later became Reubens and Edwin Starr was always a popular attraction. Since demolished and now a block of flats.

David Brown - 20/10/13


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