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SAVE OUR SANDONIA
ABOUT OUR SANDONIA
The Sandonia opened its doors on the 20th of November, 1920 as a cinema and theatre. It later became a Bingo club and then finally a Snooker hall before it shut its doors in the early 2000s. The building is much loved by many Staffordians but despite this it has sadly been neglected and is currently in a state of total disrepair. We are nonetheless working hard to create a future for the Sandonia and to ensure that it will not be lost forever.
Our main objective is to prevent the demolition of the Sandonia, which we believe to be the conclusion that will be reached if the Sandonia’s current decay continues. Currently the building has no planning protections, which could be implemented by Historic England or Stafford Borough Council. We hope to ensure that the Sandonia will receive some kind of planning protection as a nationally and locally important heritage asset. Eventually we would like to see the Sandonia re-adapted for modern use so the building can benefit the local community and economy.
The Sandonia’s elaborate façade early Art Deco façade stands out boldly in Stafford’s historic North End. Its unique design, which originally featured two shopfronts as well as the entrance to the theatre and cinema is graceful yet ornate, featuring classical motifs. Also still remaining is original stained glass and some plasterwork. The rest of the building is largely a brick shell as sadly the vast majority of the interior has been lost – whilst sad this creates vast amounts of opportunities for future adaptation and use.
Could you help to save the Sandonia? Get in touch and join our volunteer network to hear all the latest updates and to help us be successful in our campaign. There is no prior experience needed and any skills you can bring to the table are valuable. We look forward to hearing from you.