Remembering the Moon Disco, Oxford Street, Dukinfield
Following the closure of the Oxford cinema in 1968, the one time picture house was transformed into a lunar themed night club. Given the then recent Moon landings in July 1969, it was appropriate that Dukinfield’s Superclub (before Superclubs ever existed in the provinces) would be called ‘The Moon’.
The main selling point of the club was its lunar ambience. Seating areas were cratered, decked in silver paint. Its dance floor was made of Stainless Steel and the DJ sat inside a rocket. It was the with-it club for lovers of Soul, Ska and Blue Beat music. The club’s playlist would include music by Prince Buster, Booker T and the MGs and The Skatalites. Its Floor Emptying tune was ‘Magic Bus’ by The Who.
At the end of each night, The Moon would close with ‘Everyone’s Gone to the Moon’ by Jonathan King. There was also a nightly bus service operated by the club so that customers could arrive home safely and cheaply.
Its inital use was as the Oxford Cinema, purpose built for that use in 1921. It assumed that function till 1960 when it became The Oxford Sports and Social Club. By 1966, it reopened as a cinema, closing with the film Les Liaisons Dangereuse.
From 1969, it resurfaced as The Moon disco. In the mid-1970s, The Moon was refurbished and renamed ‘Hiccups Disco’. In 1979 – 80 came another change of name, to that of ‘Drifters’ Disco’. By then, its repertoire included live punk and new wave acts on weekdays with a disco in the weekends. Acts included The Toy Dolls, Peter and the Test Tube Babies and the Anti Nowhere League.
In 1985, the lights went down to make way for a Morrisons store. Whereas the nearby Queen mill was demolished in 1984, the Oxford Cinema building lay empty till February 1989. By then it was demolished to make for the superstore’s petrol station.
Over to you…
Unfortunately for me I missed out on the Moon Disco, so most of this post is inspired by a secondary source (in other words my Dad). If you have any first hand recollections of The Moon disco, feel free to comment and highlight this important yet seemingly neglected footnote in Dukinfield’s history.
S.V., 26 May 2011.