Drury and Gomersall

Architectural practice
The Manchester architects, Drury & Gomersall were responsible for a number of cinemas in the North West in the 1930s. With a small staff, they had considerable experience in preparing schemes for cinemas efficiently and competitively, completing two or three major schemes each year. Joseph Gomersall, who ran the Manchester office, had a background of theatre work and restoration. He travelled widely in Europe and picked up ideas that were to influence the work of the office. Drury & Gomersall attempted to provide 'original' cinemas and, failing inspiration from contemporary sources, would consult Bannister Fletcher's History of Architecture. Drury did not work appear th have had any active role in the Manchester office and was to become better known for his textbooks on building construction, produced in association with Jaggard.

Buildings and Designs

Building Name District Town/City County Country
Tameside Hippodrome Ashton-under-Lyne Ashton-under-Lyne GMCA England
The New Adelphi Picture House, Market Place, Swinton Swinton Manchester GMCA England
Additions to Social Club Hampshire Street Cheetham Cheetham Manchester GMCA England
Capitol (Plaza) Cinema Swinton Swinton Manchester GMCA England
The Regent Picture Theatre Fallowfield Fallowfield Manchester GMCA England
Printing Works; Waterloo Road and Allison Street, Cheetham Cheetham Manchester GMCA England
Alterations and additions. Gomersall’s Jewellers Clifton Street Blackpool Blackpool Lancashire England
Alterations; 22 Chester Road Hulme Hulme Manchester GMCA England
The Dominion Cinema Ordsall Lane Salford Ordsall Salord GMCA England
The Regal Super Cinema. 80 Manchester Road Broadheath Altrincham Broadheath Altrincham GMCA England
The Broadway Cinema 52 Church Street Eccles Eccles GMCA England
Extension and Alteration. Kings Road Cinema Rochdale Rochdale GMCA England
Factory. 14-16 Shaw Street and Dutton Street Cheetham Cheetham Manchester GMCA England
Extension to Works: Jesse Oldfield Elsinore Road Old Trafford Old Trafford Manchester GMCA England
Alterations to Premises: Withington Road Whalley Range to form Seven Shops Whalley Range Manchester GMCA England
The Pyramid (Later Odeon) Sale Sale GMCA England
Alterations: Olympia Picture House Hyde Road Gorton Gorton Manchester GMCA England
Petrol Filling Station Showroom Shops Houses Seymour Road/Bury Old Road Crumpsall Crumpsall Manchester GMCA England
Re-construction: Empire Theatre 40 Oldham Road Ashton‑Under‑Lyne Ashton-under-Lyne GMCA England
Rebuilding: Regal Cinema Widnes Widnes Cheshire England
Extension of “The Empress” Cinema Higher Road Urmston Urmston Manchester GMCA England
“Verona” Cinema 285 Stockport Road Guide Bridge Ashton-under-Lyne Guide Bridge Ashton-under-Lyne GMCA England
Reconstruction: Embassy Cinema. Bolton Bolton GMCA England
Proposed Cinema. Stockport Road Longsight Longsight Manchester GMCA England
Cinema: Trocadero Hotel Central Beach Blackpool Blackpool Lancashire England
Broadway Cinema The Broadway (later Burnley Road) Accrington Accrington Lancashire England
Factory: Waterloo Road and Allison Street Hightown Hightown Manchester GMCA England
Reconstruction and Modernisation of “Globe” Cinema Liverpool Road Irlam Irlam GMCA England
Reconstruction: The Grand Banbury Oxfordshire Banbury Oxfordshire England
Mineral Water Works Water Street Macclesfield Macclesfield Cheshire England
Plaza Cinema Rochdale Road Collyhurst Manchester Collyhurst Manchester GMCA England
Additions to Ardwick Stadium Hyde Road Ardwick Manchester GMCA England
Petrol Service Station and Garage New Wakefield Street Manchester Manchester GMCA England
Modernisation. “New Kings Cinema” Kingsway/Oldham Road Rochdale Rochdale GMCA England
“Four Ways” Cinema Charlestown Road /Moston Lane East New Moston New Moston Manchester GMCA England
The Mayfair Cinema Bury Old Road Whitefield Whitefield Manchester GMCA England
Rebuilding portion of Factory and alterations to Works Manchester Manchester GMCA England
Acid Plant Golborne near Wigan Golbourne Wigan GMCA England
Rebuilding Alexandra Billiards Hall and Pavilion Cinema Old Street Ashton-under-Lyne Ashton-under-Lyne GMCA England
Branch Bank, Dukinfield Dukinfield Tameside GMCA England
Renovation: Majestic Cinema King William Street Blackburn Blackburn Lancashire England
Extension to Foundry: Albion St Thomas St and Lewis St Miles Platting Miles Platting Manchester GMCA England
Theatre Royal Peter Street Manchester Central Manchester GMCA England