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rasLXR commented about “South Pacific” 55th Anniversary – The Roadshow Engagements on Mar 19, 2013 at 8:49 pm

The Dominion used one show print and one stand by print, the show print was used throughout the run apart from a few shows when the show print was sent for cleaning on those occasions the stand by was run. The projection team were awarded a special bonus by the distributor at the end of the run for their care and professionalism. I noticed John Carpenter in the documentary side by side saying how the prints of Titanic were falling to bits out of the projectors, if he had been more accurate he should have said that film is not the problem in exhibition but the lack of skilled projection staff is the problem. I ran the last show on the Dominions DP70’s (A Star Is Born with B.Streisand also 70mm print) the booth was removed and the film continued the next day from the new booth with Vic 8s at the rear of the circle. This was the 3rd booth in the Dominion the original at the rear of the upper balcony was closed for South Pacific and onward due to the rake. The original booth is still there. R

rasLXR commented about ABC Blackpool on Jan 4, 2013 at 2:24 pm Campaign to save Blackpool’s ABC Theatre from demolition

A campaign to save a Blackpool theatre which hosted stars such as the Beatles and Morecambe and Wise has started.

Demolishing the former ABC Theatre would destroy an “important part” of the town’s heritage, said Gill Payne whose petition aims to save it.

But Elaine Smith MBE from Blackpool Civic Trust said it should be demolished. “People are confusing memories with heritage.”

Blackpool Council is planning to buy it and use the site as a car park.

The 1960s TV show Big Night Out was filmed at the ABC Theatre before it became a cinema in the 80s.

In 1992 it was transformed into a club and opened as the Syndicate. This closed down in 2011 and it has remained empty since.

rasLXR commented about New Gallery Cinema on Oct 23, 2012 at 9:05 am

Hi Yes I saw this on the BBC last week and sent it to the News items on CT but it never made it onto the site!

rasLXR commented about Palace Cinema on Aug 2, 2012 at 5:55 pm

A picture of the Palace half way down this page.

rasLXR commented about Marina Theatre on Aug 1, 2012 at 6:30 pm

From the BBC:

Lowestoft’s Marina Theatre extends its premises

A Suffolk seaside theatre is to extend its premises into a neighbouring building to provide a cafe.

The Marina Theatre, which was taken over by a charitable trust last December, is leasing the former Zenith call centre.

The trust which runs the venue said it will now be able to provide a bar and catering, new office space and better access for loading.

The theatre needs to raise £100,000 to join the two buildings together.

The lease of the new building will treble the amount of ground floor space the venue has and the box office will be moved.

Public appeal Martin Halliday, chief executive of the Marina Theatre Trust, said: “It’s going to be a lot easier for patrons to get in and out, have a coffee during the day and food before a show in the evening which is something that we’ve been wanting to do for many years.

“It is our wish to join the two properties together as soon as possible and we hope both the public and local businesses will be able to assist and we are announcing our Next Stage Appeal.”

The Marina is currently closed for a £250,000 refurbishment of its 750-seat auditorium.

It is due to re-open on 14 September with a show by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, which has had a residency at the venue since 2005.

rasLXR commented about Palace Cinema on May 11, 2012 at 6:10 pm

1971 On Camera: Organs No. 1 The organ at the Palace Bingo is about 6min in.

rasLXR commented about Odeon Norwich on May 11, 2012 at 5:28 pm

1971 Anglia News: New Odeon Cinema To Open Soon

rasLXR commented about Norvic Cinema on May 11, 2012 at 5:23 pm

The last show at the Norvic Cinema

rasLXR commented about Cannon Norwich on May 11, 2012 at 5:18 pm

1950 This film was made by Ken Smith, who was the chief projectionist at the Regent Theatre, Norwich (subsequently the ABC) for many years

rasLXR commented about Cannon Norwich on May 11, 2012 at 5:16 pm

1978 Anglia News: Video Cassettes for Cinema

rasLXR commented about Cannon Norwich on May 11, 2012 at 5:11 pm

1961 About Anglia: Reconstruction of Regent Cinema, Norwich

rasLXR commented about Windmill Theatre on May 11, 2012 at 5:01 pm

From 1964

rasLXR commented about Cineworld Isle of Wight on May 9, 2012 at 9:23 am

Yates list it as 23-26 High Street Newport R

rasLXR commented about Cineworld Isle of Wight on May 9, 2012 at 9:17 am

Hi Ken While trying to update photo I found an old cinema at 29 High street which is now a Yates Wine Bar I cannot find any details to list it. Any info?

rasLXR commented about New Manchester Hippodrome Theatre on Mar 25, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Picture of this theatre

rasLXR commented about Leicester Palace Theatre on Mar 18, 2012 at 3:09 pm

An old picture of the Palace.

rasLXR commented about Chatham Empire Theatre on Mar 17, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Photo of the Chatham Empire

rasLXR commented about Prince's Cinema on Mar 6, 2012 at 3:22 pm

The Prince’s cinema was demolished in 2008. Smethwick Gurdwara was built on its former site.

rasLXR commented about Regal Cinema on Nov 7, 2011 at 8:13 pm

The Regal nightclub and music venue in Oxford has been taken over by an evangelical church.

The new owners have a 10-year lease on the building on the Cowley Road with the option to buy the leasehold, which they plan to do as soon as possible.

rasLXR commented about Regent Cinema on Sep 2, 2009 at 11:19 am

Some older pics here.

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rasLXR commented about Cannon Great Yarmouth on Sep 2, 2009 at 11:18 am

Some older photos of the “Regal” as it was always known, shame it has to be listed as Cannon an insult to cinemas everywhere.

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rasLXR commented about Coliseum Cinema on Sep 2, 2009 at 11:12 am

Some photos of the “Collie” after Cinemascope was installed.

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rasLXR commented about Empire Picture Playhouse on Sep 2, 2009 at 10:10 am

Zen nightclub closed Sept 2008 owners looking for new use.

rasLXR commented about Palace Cinema on Sep 2, 2009 at 10:06 am

I used to attend bingo here in the early 70’s with my dad they used to have the organ played between bingo sessions. At one point I think they had a second organ installed. Some parts of the projection equipment were still in place but the picture heads and lamphouses had been removed(Kalee).

rasLXR commented about Odeon Marble Arch on May 10, 2009 at 10:05 pm

Hi just to clarify.
Star Wars ran for 2 days in D150 then reverted to STD 70mm I was there 2 days later. View link

If you follow the link above you will also see that no films had there D150 openings at Marble Arch but both The Bible and Patton opened at Casino Cinerama. While I worked at the Arch I was told that there were never any D150 films screened there due to delays in building.
The deep curve screen was replaced by a much more shallower screen for the run of Lawrence in 1989 at the request of David Lean.