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Ian commented about Gaiety Cinema on Dec 20, 2014 at 12:22 pm

The Aberdeen Walk Picture House was designed by Frank Tugwell and opened on Saturday 10th September 1920. It was a unique design in that the company had intended to buy a plot of land to the right of the cinema and the design incorporated this increased width. In the event the land was not available and the design was adapted to a lopsided interior as if one third of the width had been lopped-off.

It was equipped with a small stage which was often pressed into use in the Summer season, and by 1960 it was announced that it would become a permanent live theatre under the Gaiety name, although this was short lived as by 1963 it was a bingo hall.

Towards the end of the first decade of the 21st Century the hall was gutted at ground floor level and a modern shop interior inserted as a short-lived department store in the style of Woolworths, later it was taken over by the British Heart Foundation as a furniture outlet.

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Ian commented about Londesborough Theatre on Dec 20, 2014 at 11:51 am

Opened as the Londesborough Rooms on the 14th November 1871, a multi-purpose ballroom, concert hall and meeting room, with a flat stalls floor and two balconies with side balconies entending to the raised platform stage and possibly a third flat fronted balcony at the rear.

It was designed by Messrs Stewart & Bury of Scarborough for Mr Waddington, a pianoforte manufacturer who owned an adjacent shop. After only six months extensive alterations took place to remove the platform and build a conventional stage, and to rake the stalls seating. It reopened 13th July 1872 as the Londesborough Theatre.

It was again rebuilt internally in the winter of 1913/14 when Mr Watson of Leeds designed a completely new theatre – only the outer walls survived. This included a projection box and the theatre opened with a film on 11th July 1914, but reverted to stage shows immediately after with a variety show headed by George Formby. In 1925 the last recorded stage performance took place – the musical “The Geisha Girl”, and films took over completely until closure on the 19th September 1959.

By now much of the building was disused – the stage still containing act-drops, the upper levels and bars closed off, and the caverous basement (once advertised as one of only two artificial ice-rinks in Europe) derelict. It had been sold for £27,000 in August 1959 and demolition commenced 3rd June 1960, completed by the end of August.

It was, for much of its later life owned by Londesborough and Capitol Cinemas (Scarborough) Ltd, and run in tandem with the nearly opposite Capitol Cinema. Interior photographs and plans have been frustratingly impossible to locate.

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Ian commented about Grand Picture House on Dec 20, 2014 at 11:22 am

I have just updated Google street view to a rather distorted image under the Grand Hotel. The bricked up arch to wards the left is, I believe, part of the foyer area of the cinema, but the site is now covered by the road which was made a dual carriageway. The auditorium was long and narrow and stretched across to the right of the streetview.

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Ian commented about Memo Arts Centre on Dec 19, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Photos from 2012 – the Memo should make a great place to see a film.

FOYER

AUDITORIUM

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Ian commented about Majestic Cinema on Dec 12, 2014 at 11:42 am

A photo of the facade in 2002:–

MAJESTIC

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Ian commented about Kings Lynn Arts Centre on Nov 28, 2014 at 4:35 am

Further photos from November 2014 here:–

EXTERIOR

FOYER

AUDITORIUM

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Ian commented about Pilot Cinema on Nov 28, 2014 at 4:31 am

The Pilot cinema was demolished in the summer of 2014.

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Ian commented about Majestic Cinema on Nov 28, 2014 at 4:30 am

Correction to above text – a wall was not dropped to the front of the balcony, a horizontal sub-divison at balcony level took place to create the two cinemas in the original auditorium.

Photos from November 2014:– EXTERIOR

FOYER

SCREEN 1

SCREEN 2

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Ian commented about Tyneside Cinema on Jul 22, 2014 at 4:04 am

Photos of the glorious Tyneside from 2014 EXTERIOR

FOYER

CLASSIC

ELECTRA

ROXY

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Ian commented about Empire Theatre on Jul 21, 2014 at 6:25 pm

Photo from circa 1986

EMPIRE FACADE

And from 1997

EMPIRE PROSCENIUM

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Ian commented about Carlton Cinema on Jul 21, 2014 at 6:21 pm

A photo from circa 1986 which appears to show the building unused

CARLTON

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Ian commented about Darnall Picture Palace on Jun 27, 2014 at 7:24 pm

Much of the interior remains in the current use as a carpet showroom. Floor levels have been altered but its cinema past is clearly evident.

DARNALL PICTURE PALACE EXTERIOR

DARNALL PICTURE PALACE INTERIOR

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Ian commented about Majestic Theatre on Jun 13, 2014 at 2:11 pm

A couple of shots of the shuttered building in 1998 after bingo had closed, the building was demolished not too long after. This was a very ornate and attractive theatre in its day, located in the wrong suburb.

MAJESTIC BENWELL – note that the fly-tower has been reduced in height by now.

MAJESTIC BENWELL – The main entrance door were particularly notable, being metal with ornamental lion heads on each.

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Ian commented about Adelaide Picture Hall on Jun 13, 2014 at 2:00 pm

A slightly more recent photo can be seen here, still recognisably the same building:–

ADELAIDE BENWELL

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Ian commented about Mayfair Cinema on Apr 24, 2014 at 2:20 pm

At some point, possibly the conversion to the pub in 1998, the screen end of the auditorium was demolished (if you look at the photo above the building seems to have a very shallow depth).

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Ian commented about Alexandra Palace Theatre on Apr 20, 2014 at 11:39 am

Photos of the interior taken in 2013

ALEXANDRA PALACE STAGE

ALEXANDRA PALACE AUDITORIUM

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Ian commented about Odeon Penge on Apr 14, 2014 at 8:19 am

As a bingo hall in 1990 :– PENGE ODEON

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Ian commented about Strand Cinema on Mar 28, 2014 at 5:33 am

Photo’s from March 2014 of the Strand Arts Centre:–

EXTERIOR

BALCONY SIDE VIEW

BALCONY STAGE

STALLS AND STAGE

SCREEN 3

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Ian commented about County Cinema on Mar 25, 2014 at 3:31 pm

A later photo from 1978

COUNTY

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Ian commented about Grand Opera House on Mar 14, 2014 at 7:53 am

March 2014 photo of stage from dress circle.

GRAND OPERA HOUSE

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Ian commented about Theatre Royal on Mar 10, 2014 at 5:46 am

Interior shot from 2014 here. The club has very recently changed from Gala ownership to Ritz Bingo.

AUDITORIUM

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Ian commented about Pilot Cinema on Mar 10, 2014 at 5:43 am

Demolition plans were approved in December 2013, but as of March 2014 it was still standing:–

PILOT CINEMA

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Ian commented about Palace Theatre on Feb 25, 2014 at 4:02 am

Board-up and for sale in 2007:–

PALACE REDCAR

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Ian commented about Theatre One Cinema on Feb 23, 2014 at 11:12 am

A photo of Theatre One in 1995:–

THEATRE ONE

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Ian commented about Cannon 1 & 2 on Jan 30, 2014 at 1:03 pm

A photo from 1991 when it was known as the Flicks – the Live Alternative:–

CANNON