Remembering the Heavy Steam Machine/ABC Cine-Bowl
The Heavy Steam Machine annexed to the ABC Cine-Bowl next to the now Mitchell Memorial Theatre took over from Top Rank as the in place to go towards the mid-1970s.
Known as 'Steam' this venue in Broad Street Hanley was well known in the early 1970s for playing the popular sounds of the day.
In 1974 it was open on a Saturday morning where you went down some stairs to access it.
Although unsure if it opened for adults, 'Steam' featured cave like seating areas that were built into the walls.
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Apparently, a bright purple bus used to circulate the Potteries featuring the clubs name.
I remember the Rubettes (Sugar Baby Love) and Alvin Stardust (My coo ca choo) who were the pop phenomena of the day playing live at the Heavy Steam Machine in 1974.
It was rumoured Black Sabbath also played there too.
Talking of the ABC Cine-Bowl, it was named as such because tin pin bowling used to be played in the same building as the cinema. It was opened in 1963.
Nonetheless, sneaking in so many times through the exit doors to see James Bond's Man with the Golden Gun saw me able to remember Scaramanga's lines to this day.
The 'Steam' later became Stanley Casino with the ABC cinema closing in 2000.
Both the Heavy Steam Machine and the ABC Cine-Bowl were demolished in 2008.