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On a visit in 2017 the State seemed to have closed – however some major repair work to the auditorium walls seems to have taken place since 2008.
Photos of the Regal from 1986 here:–
More photos taken in 2017 here:–
SCREEN 1 TO FRONT
SCREEN 1 TO REAR
Some mainly exterior photos from 2017 here:–
In July 2017, a start to the project still awaited, a new set of plans emerged which does not cover the site of the existing cinema (obove), and which is planned to be closed and demolished in May 2018.
The new cinema will open at the end of 2018 (but don’t hold your breath) and is reduced to five screens seating, according to the plans, 1) 184; 2) 164; 3) 122; 4) 141; 5)103 a total of 714 seats. there will also be two restaurants and some office space.
The operator has not been announced.
A view of the auditorium taken in 2014
RHODES ARTS CENTRE
Some photos of the Electric taken in July 2017 here:–
VIEW FROM BALCONY
Photos taken in May 2017, including the restored Screen 1 which is really rather special!
SCREEN 3 – BALCONY
SCREEN 1 – STALLS
SCREEN 1 – TABS
As detailed in the text the theatre and ballroom were contained in a separate later building largely behind the black & white (Chronicle) photo, as can be seen in this May 2017 photo:–
The Memo was reopened in November 2014, gloriously restored. Photo from May 2017
Two photos of the Miners Institute from May 2017
Two views of the Olympia operating as a pub taken in May 2017
Two exteriors of the Maindee as the Godrey Morgan pub – the Auditorium block shows the windows punched through the side wall of the rear stalls, which gives some idea of how the pub is laid out under the balcony.
After a long battle with the Council, the Market Hall cinema was reopened in May 2017
I went through Leicester Square yesterday and the Odeon Mezzanines were running – can’t explain the website, but the refurb does not appear to have started yet.
The Luxor was equipped with a stage, often used by the HH Operatic Society.
Memories and a small photo here
A 1974 photo of the Empire can be found here:–
Some contemporary images (taken January 2017) here, showing a stark contrast to the run down state of the building in my earlier 1980’s photos:–
AUDITORIUM FROM BALCONY
AUDITORIUM FROM STALLS
Photo of the two cinemas in 1989:–
ALEMANNIA / ASTOR
Photos of the auditorium here:–
STAGE AND BOXES
VIEW FROM STAGE
Photo of the Metro in 1989 here:–
Photo of Royal Kino in 1989 here:–
Photo from 1989 here:–
Two shots of the exterior from 2016 here (closed and “for sale”):–
DETAIL OF FAIENCE
Two more recent (2016) shots here:–