A Creative Place for Young People. Zion Arts Centre on Stretford Road in Hulme began life in 1911 as the Zion Institute built for the Congregational Church. The Institute comprised sixty rooms, including a magnificent hall of worship, an assembly hall, a gymnasium, games rooms, reading rooms and a canteen.
Zion attracted congregations of a thousand people at both morning and evening Sunday services. The Institute was also used to the full by the people of Hulme for activities ranging from billiards, table tennis, drama and music classes, cinema screenings and literary lunches to Sunday School lessons, trade union meetings and even racing pigeon sales!