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Ian commented about Odeon Marble Arch on Aug 16, 2016 at 1:54 am

Some photos of the closed theatre being prepared for demolition in August 2016:–

ODEON MARBLE ARCH – OXFORD STREET

ODEON MARBLE ARCH – OXFORD STREET

ODEON MARBLE ARCH – EDGWARE ROAD ENTRANCE

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Ian commented about Komedia Comedy Club on Aug 15, 2016 at 1:39 am

Further photos 15 years later (taken August 2016) as the Komedia Bath :–

EXTERIOR

FOYER STAIRS

AUDITORIUM TO REAR

AUDITORIUM ACROSS BALCONY

AUDITORIUM TO STAGE

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Ian commented about Little Theatre Cinema on Aug 11, 2016 at 12:25 am

Some photos of this gorgeous little cinema, taken in August 2016, can be found here:–

EXTERIOR

SCREEN 1 AUDITORIUM TO SCREEN

SCREEN 1 AUDITORIUM TO SCREEN

SCREEN 1 AUDITORIUM TO REAR

SCREEN 2 AUDITORIUM

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Ian commented about Cineworld Empire Leicester Square on Jul 29, 2016 at 6:50 am

The main screen at the Haymarket Carlton is one of the most attractive in the West End now, but there are lots of unused areas in the building that could have small screens squeezed into them, and the two lower screens could be rebuilt without loss.

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Ian commented about Cineworld Empire Leicester Square on Jul 28, 2016 at 7:17 am

http://www.digitallook.com/news/news-and-announcements/cineworld-buys-five-cinemas-from-empire-for-94m—1644562.html

Looks like a rebrand – wonder what will happen to the Haymarket cinema?

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Ian commented about David Lean Cinema on Jul 23, 2016 at 1:01 am

The cinema is now run as a Community Interest Company, improvement works are scheduled later this year, including replacing some seats. Photographs from June 2016:–

ENTRANCE

AUDITORIUM TO SCREEN

AUDITORIUM TO REAR

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Ian commented about Odeon Haymarket on Jun 5, 2016 at 2:54 am

Actually looking at photos, could this plasterwork be from the even earlier Capitol Cinema (1925)? The 1937 Gaumont was a bit more streamlined. Perhaps the back of the boxes?

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Ian commented about Odeon Haymarket on Jun 5, 2016 at 2:38 am

Two photos of the gutted auditorium taken in 2015 when the space was being used as a temporary canteen. Interestingly there seems to be quite a bit of plasterwork remaining from the previous Gaumont – possibly from a corridor, possibly the auditorium, it is a bit difficult to place!

ODEON HAYMARKET – SCREEN END

ODEON HAYMARKET – RIGHT SIDE WALL

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Ian commented about Odyssey Cinema on May 23, 2016 at 11:14 am

Photos from May 2016:–

EXTERIOR

FOYER

AUDTORIUM TO SCREEN

AUDITORIUM TO REAR

ACROSS BALCONY

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Ian commented about New Olympia Cinema on May 18, 2016 at 3:15 am

The Olympia HAS now been completely demolished. The facade was not retained.

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Ian commented about Hull Screen on May 17, 2016 at 9:23 am

Hull Screen closed after a spell at the Reel in July 2014, having begun screenings there in September 2009.

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Ian commented about Hull Screen on May 17, 2016 at 9:19 am

Hull Screen on George Street closed 2008, for a while performances transfered to The Reel Cinema in the St Stephens Centre, but this proved not successful and Hull Screen ceased in July 2014.

I am not 100% sure but I think the above photo looks like the Hull Screen at the Library Theatre, not the Uni of Lincoln site.

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Ian commented about Scala Cinema on May 3, 2016 at 8:48 am

This site in 2015 suggests there are substantial remains:–

LINK

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Ian commented about Victoria Palace Theatre on Apr 22, 2016 at 11:37 am

Some photos of the theatre:–

EXTERIOR IN 1986

AUDITORIUM TO STAGE in 2015

AUDITORIUM FROM STAGE in 2015

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Ian commented about Cineworld Empire Leicester Square on Mar 7, 2016 at 4:50 am

If I understood the manager correctly a few weeks back the maximum throw onto the screen in the Impact auditorium is smaller than the screen size and they are thinking of masking it down. See the photo link above “Impact screen from Balcony”

There is a considerable unused edge on the screen. I doubt that tabs are envisaged though!

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Ian commented about Cineworld Empire Leicester Square on Mar 6, 2016 at 12:31 pm

“my question is, “back in the day,” was the average cinema-goer enthused by cinema interiors” …

Difficult to quantify but I suspect yes to a certain extent. The “roadshow” films had reserved seats, souvenir brochures, and an atmosphere more akin to theatre than cinema. And the way films were distributed through the circuits and regions made the venue more special. There was also very much a heirachy of flea pit through to posh cinemas – and a circle seat at a Palace was the place to be. I (and friends) certainly travelled some distances to get to a good cinema (Embassy Chesham).

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Ian commented about Cineworld Empire Leicester Square on Mar 6, 2016 at 11:40 am

But stark truth is – aren’t we just the dying act of the dinosaurs here (myself definitely included)?

I have been a member of the CTA (UK Cinema group)for 4 decades. There are still people there that I met on my first visits, but far fewer new members. The age of the stalls and circle cinema with even one set of screen tabs is largely over. It is great that there are still people who remember the style and glamour of the past – but that is what it is – the past. I try to capture it where I find it (Carlton Westgate take a bow) but I struggle to find the enthusiasm to photograph the average (and they are all average) multi-plex. I wish I had known of the future decimation of the Odeons and ABC’s back in the 1970’s – I would have tried much much harder to record them.

Looking into the future does anyone think there will be a multi-plex appreciation society? I don’t know if the blandness is consumer led or whether it is all todays cinema-goers know and expect, and I deplore the decline in presentation standards exacerbated by digital. At a live screening at the Reel in Grantham recently I had to go find someone to turn the house lights off after the interval, at the SJT in Scarborough last week it was full minute (there was a helpful on-screen clock) before anyone turned on the house lights after act 1 of Hangmen. It is all automated (badly) and showmanship has exited via the fire-escape ladder!

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Ian commented about Cineworld Empire Leicester Square on Feb 29, 2016 at 1:37 am

Some photos of the revamped Empire taken in 2016:–

FACADE

IMAX SCREEN

IMPACT SCREEN FROM BALCONY

IMPACT SCREEN TO REAR

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Ian commented about Dome Cinema on Feb 9, 2016 at 1:21 am

Some January 2016 shots of the gloriously restored Dome here:–

EXTERIOR

LOUNGE

BOXES AT REAR

AUDITORIUM TO SCREEN

AUDITORIUM TO REAR

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Ian commented about Empire Cinema on Dec 29, 2015 at 1:15 am

Still showing films in this 1971 photo:–

EMPIRE CINEMA

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Ian commented about Dovecot Arts Centre on Dec 16, 2015 at 1:53 am

I am not sure if this cinema was ever called the Dovecot. There was a Dovecot Arts Centre, including cinema, which took its name from Dovecot Street, and was located next to the Hippodrome / Cannon, and it is this operation which transferred to the ARC which opened on the site of the Cannon & Dovecot in 1998.

DOVECOT

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Ian commented about Empire Cinema on Dec 16, 2015 at 1:07 am

Now in use as a gym, with the Empire name returned. Interior seems to have been stripped of all traces of past use. Photo from December 2015.

EMPIRE

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Ian commented about Poole's Picture Palace on Dec 15, 2015 at 9:34 am

Auditorium of the Rep in use as a pub from 2006:–

AUDITORIUM TO STAGE

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Ian commented about Tivoli Theatre on Dec 15, 2015 at 9:24 am

A 2005 photo – looking newly spruced-up:–

TIVOLI

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Ian commented about Palace Cinema on Dec 15, 2015 at 9:15 am

A photo from 1997

PALACE