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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.
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!
A picture of the Palace half way down this page.
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.
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.
1971 On Camera: Organs No. 1
The organ at the Palace Bingo is about 6min in.
1971 Anglia News: New Odeon Cinema To Open Soon
The last show at the Norvic Cinema
1950 This film was made by Ken Smith, who was the chief projectionist at the Regent Theatre, Norwich (subsequently the ABC) for many years
1978 Anglia News: Video Cassettes for Cinema
1961 About Anglia: Reconstruction of Regent Cinema, Norwich
Yates list it as 23-26 High Street Newport
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?
Picture of this theatre
An old picture of the Palace.
Photo of the Chatham Empire
The Prince’s cinema was demolished in 2008. Smethwick Gurdwara was built on its former site.
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.
Some older pics here.
Some older photos of the “Regal” as it was always known, shame it has to be listed as Cannon an insult to cinemas everywhere.
Some photos of the “Collie” after Cinemascope was installed.
Zen nightclub closed Sept 2008 owners looking for new use.
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).
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.