The Domino (Grey Mare Lane, Openshaw)

The Domino Club was in Grey Mare Lane, Openshaw, Manchester 11 and I think opened in Late 1961.

Originally it was called The Prince's Cinema which had opened in 1915 as The King George's Picture House. In 1930 it became The Prince's Cinema which closed on Saturday, October 28, 1961 with a Walt Disney double bill; 'The Absent-Minded Professor' and The Housemasters.' It then became the nightclub named The Domino Club.  

The Domino Club was also known as just The Domino or The Dom.

The club was run by Vera and Ronnie Moss. Ronnie and Dennis were joint owners with their parents' part of the Moss empire. The head bouncer was Harry Johnson.

John H. Warburg June 2022

Who remembers the Domino Club on Grey Mare Lane? Some fantastic acts on there including James Brown and 'Little' Stevie Wonder. The Hollies were always on as were Syd and Eddie (Little and Large).

Great club and some great memories. 

Pat Young - 29/3/10

Forgot the main club I used for quite a while - The Domino Club on Grey Mare Lane, Beswick. Just out of town but they had plenty of stars on. A lot went on to Opportunity Knocks such as Ken Goodwin, Bernard Manning, Tony Holland "Mr Mucle", Danny and the Dominators, Freddie and the Dreamers, Dave Plumb and the Stones, even Joseph Lock.

Jim Mason - 1/4/10

These gigs are from the Manchester Evening News:

Edwin Starr backed by Sol Byron and Senate Showband on 14 October 1966. They then went on to the Princess Club in Chorlton. Starr was on the Ike & Tina Turner tour.

The Vibrations (plus 7 great acts, one of which I think was The Noblemen with Martin Barre on guitar pre-Jethro Tull). After this show, straight to Princess Club, Chorlton.

The Coasters (with The Noblemen featuring Martin Barre on guitar) on 20 November 1966. Straight on to Princess Club in Chorlton.

Ben E King - 18 November 1966 

Nick Warburton - 26/6/10

Yes - hired a coach from Halifax for my 21st, Sid and Eddie were on. They also had a little monkey that you could have your photo taken with, Happy days.

Daphne Murphy - 25/11/10

Just come across this after talking about the Domino Club at work yesterday. I well remember Bill Hayley and the Comets in one of there comeback gigs. Who remembers the 'supper tickets' that you had to buy to get a drink after the normal pub closing hours. Bloody robbery.

Binsie - 1/1/11

Tommy Hardy was the dj - all top bands comedy acts and the great Freddy Starr and the Delmontss before he were known with his worn down stack shoes with turned up wincklepickers.

Great club, great nights. Met my 1st husband there and dragged him along anywhere Billy Fury was playing.

Kids today missed a wonderful era xxx

Pooch - 6/6/11

Worked at The Domino from my 18th birthday till I was about 22. My pitch was the first one on the left as you go down the steps(on the left) facing the stage. Next to 'Uncle Ted Smalley, who went on to the club in Stockport (was it called the "poco-a-poco"?)

My brother Derek had the pitch alongside till he left, then it was taken over by Noel. Above me on the rail was Butch. I met my wife there about 1965. Still together,now living in New Zealand,since 1974. The only big names that I don't recall seeing were the Beatles and the Stones. The "Old Man",MrMoss, did'nt want another night like the night Freddie & The Dreamers were on.Everyone thought there was going to be a riot,but it passed off OK. Anyone remember me (Ken Hartley) or my wife Maureen,or you just want to reminisce drop me an email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ken Hartley - 3/7/11

One night in late 60s we saw a band called The Government.Brilliant singer, David Coverdale, who later joined Deep Purple.

Michael - 20/7/11

I remember passing the Domino Club on the 53 bus on my way home from work 1969/70 and there was a group playing there called Johnny Ball and the Four Skins ,I couldn't stop laughing I was only 16/17 so still had a schoolboy humour, the rest of the passengers didn't seem so amused.

Paul Hopkinson - 26/9/11

I remember this club whilst growing up on Whitworth Street facing the Technical College. I was too young to visit but always remember the famous names appearing like The Drifters. Used to walk passed the place on way to Grey Mare Lane Market to buy the latest Beatle single with my cousin Carl!

reat photographs that really brought the memories flooding back. Keep it up !

Graham Robinson - 21/9/12

Saw Lulu at the Domino, pretty sure it was 1966

Colin Wood - 10/1/13

My parents met here, my late father Bill Waterhouse was a waiter here, with another man called Roland Marks ( whom would later become his best man). It would have been around 1959/ 1960, my dad was former Royal Navy, originally from Portsmouth, he was a real character and sadly missed, ( like so many of his era he could have done stand up comedy,) he was so observational, a very funny man,with a life experience from sailing the world!

He went on to work for Dougie Flood for many years at his clubs; The Broadway, Northern, Blighty's, Tramtracks, and Sinatra's. He had started at 'The Old Loom' on Moston Lane working for Dougies Mum!

Dougie Flood once came to my Dads house in Chadderton in a Mini Moke, and let us (me and my younger sister) sit in the back whilst he chatted with Dad!

Great days !

David Waterhouse - 10/1/13

I remember the resident trio The Jeff Set with a great sax. Also saw The Move singing Flowers in the rain, late 60s I think.

My sister worked in the cloak room, her now husband waited on tables.

John Holmes - 30/1/13

Before it was the Domino Club, it was the Princess Picture House. I lived 5 mins round the corner in Marthe Street. The shop next door was Quarmby's sweet shop and behind it was the Travelers Caravan Park. I remember when it closed down. I was not old enough to drink but my brother John went nearly every night "tart hunting" as he called it.

I am George Brown. If any one remembers me, get in touch. I live in Blackpool but remember happy days in Bradford.

George Brown - 3/3/13

This picture brought back many memories as I lived in Gill St. (Graham St) which was situated behind the Princes Picture House (Domino Club). I have a recollection of massive fire at the Princes - probably c 1948(?)

Alan Davies - 21/9/13

I went to the club in 1958 onwards. I also worked on the conversion from a cinema to the great club it was. I live in alice street just down the road. Ronny Moss was the owner he started a Sunday football team which my mate and I were players.

The Domino was really a great place to be on a weekend top bands good beer and lovely girls.

Alan (pancho}Bramwell - 15/11/13
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