The cinema has sat empty for nearly 20 years

Amazing pictures show inside Luton's iconic Savoy cinema which has sat derelict since the year 2000

The Luton Savoy has had many guises over the years but has sadly been derelict for nearly 20 years, here we take a look inside the famous building with pictures that are dripping in nostalgia.

Sadly Luton's The Savoy cinema, later known as ABC and then Canon, has lain empty ever since 2000. There was a planning application to turn it into a church in 2015 which was rejected by the council. Now we take a look inside the famous Luton building thanks to a fantastic picture gallery.

Designed by Associated British Cinemas' in-house architect William R Glen, the building opened its doors for the first time on October 17 1938 as a 1,892 seater cinema known then as The Savoy

1. Inside The Savoy, Luton

Designed by Associated British Cinemas' in-house architect William R Glen, the building opened its doors for the first time on October 17 1938 as a 1,892 seater cinema known then as The Savoy
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It was the first cinema in the area to show a 3D film in 1953

2. Inside The Savoy, Luton

It was the first cinema in the area to show a 3D film in 1953
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Lettering for film listings. The Savoy was the first cinema in South Beds to install Cinemascope and stereophonic sound

3. Inside The Savoy, Luton

Lettering for film listings. The Savoy was the first cinema in South Beds to install Cinemascope and stereophonic sound
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Mouldy staircase. In 1961, the venue changed its name to ABC.

4. Inside The Savoy, Luton

Mouldy staircase. In 1961, the venue changed its name to ABC.
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