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curmudgeon: Yes, the dress circle seating area remains the same, as does the plaster front of the dress circle. A scaffold structure has been built in the former front stalls to the height of the underside of the dress circle, and floored over to make a stage, which extends from the front of the circle to the front of the proscenium. Currently the original cinema seats in the dress circle have been removed (following asbestos abatement) and loose chairs have been placed there. The upper circle/gallery seating area remains unused.
The seats in the rear stalls beneath the dress circle have been removed and while retaining the original wooden sloping floor, that area is now a bar, with black masking cloth covering the newly installed scaffold supporting the stage. The dressing rooms have been brought back into use after being locked up and derelict for 90 years. Films ‘may’ return to the building in the future, but if this happens it will probably be one off special screenings and not daily cinema use. As it is a Grade II Listed building, any alterations/additions that have been made are removable.
barryinperth:I have added a 1926 photograph of the auditorium.
The Dreamland Amusement Park re-opened in 2015. The Scenic Railway (roller coaster) is Listed Grade II and there may be another couple of rides listed. The Dreamland Cinema building is Grade II* Listed and the animal cages at the rear are Grade II Listed.
DavidZornig:I have created a page for the 53 Auto-Vue, so you can post your photo there. Thanks for the information.
Joe: The 1914-1915 edition of American Film Directory lists the Lyric Theatre, but no address is given, only a P.O. Box number. The Odeon Theatre is also listed. The Lyric could be an earlier name for the Odeon Theatre.
Anthony: It is not listed FDY’s from 1929 until 1941, but by 1943 there is a (Portable) theatre listed in FDY which was operated by the J.E. Rickards Circuit. This was probably what became the 200 seat Austin Theatre by 1950, and not the 1920’s theatre?
I’ve uploaded 6 photographs of the Coliseum Cinema taken on 22nd April 2003 during a visit by the Cinema Theatre Association.
Hi Rebecca, The archive of the Cinema Theatre Association may have a higher resolution version.www.cinema-theatre.org.ukKen
The IMAX Theatre at Sunset Place now has its own page on Cinema Treasures.
wolfgirl500: The Liberty Theatre is listed in the 1929 edition of Film Daily Yearbook with 250 seats. In 1931 thru 1935 it is listed with 190 seats. In 1936 the Palace Theatre is listed with 180 seats. I would assume that the Palace Theatre was previously the Liberty Theatre.
Regarding your previous comment about the Outdoor Auto Theatre, it is listed on Cinema Treasures as being located in Youngstown.
DavidZornig:The Rialto Theatre and its near neighbour the Crescent Theatre have now been added to CT.
Terry; The Comet Cinema, West Hartlepool was built as the Coronet Cinema, and the unfinished building was acquired by ABC in February 1942. It was requisitioned by the Ministry of Food for the duration of World War II and was called the Comet. These details are from Allen Eyles book “ABC, The First Name In Entertainment”.
HJHill:The address and street view have been corrected, as has the English spelling!
It could be (1) the Renovo Theatre of pre-1914 vintage became the Rialto Theatre or (2) The Renovo Theatre was demolished and a new Rialto Theatre built on the site in 1919.
I have added a page for the Strand Theatre and opted for option (1), giving the Strand Theatre a 1919 opening.
Yes, It was gutted back to the bare brick walls. I saw it being done on a visit I made to NYC in early-2005. Nothing of the original interior decorations were saved.
129 N. Main Street wont map correctly, so I have set it to the address shown.
LC: I have created a page for the Saratoga 6.
Correct spelling of the main movie title is “The Reluctant Dragon”.
An early photograph, taken before Regent Court flats were built on each side of the Regent Cinema.
goodshow: I took a look at the Imperial War Museum website, and as you say, there are several war-time photos of cinemas. Thanks for the information.
goodshow: What a great photograph of the left side stairs in the foyer of the original Empire Theatre. I have not seen this before. Great find!
Photographed in October 1922, when “To Have and To Hold” was released.
The Cinema Theatre Association (CTA) visited the Mecca Bingo Club (former Odeon Halifax) a couple of years ago. I don’t think we were allowed access into the former projection box. I certainly didn’t get in there to take photos. Maybe former projectionist have photographs of the projection box, or another source is possibly the CTA archive (although photos of projection boxes back in the day are quite rare).
The 1946 edition of Theatre Catalog states the Reece Theatre was built for Reese Harrington. That could be a misprint and possibly they meant to say a ‘Mr. Reese of Harrington’?
danny18badel: Are you certain it was “Confessions of a Window Cleaner” as that was released in August 1974 and would have been an over one year ‘old’ film by the date of the Odeon closing? “Confessions of a Pop Performer” was released in July 1975.
Did Rank bring back ‘Window Cleaner’ or do we have the incorrect year of closing?