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rasLXR commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Nov 8, 2014 at 2:25 pm

Its a film on celluloid folks. If not handled right, you’ll have scratches, blotching, etc etc. Thats why we’ve got digital cough today. :)

Sorry but celluloid went quite a few years ago film stock has been polyester based for a long-time. No scratches is only a side advantage of Digital the prime reason for the change is cost savings all round production, distribution and exhibition.

rasLXR commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Nov 6, 2014 at 4:18 pm Explains aspect ratio’s if you are interested.

rasLXR commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Oct 6, 2014 at 4:33 pm

Any technical fault with the sound processor and the back up system provides basic left and right channels only. Any amp problems could result in the surround being dropped as it is the least vital channel. This is how I have to keep the show going in the past. Just possible reason for no surround during your show.

rasLXR commented about Majestic Cinema on Sep 30, 2014 at 3:07 pm

Majestyk nightclub: Firefighters tackle ‘large’ blaze.
Crews from 10 fire engines are tackling a blaze at the former Majestyk nightclub in Leeds.

West Yorkshire Fire Service said the “large” fire had reached the roof space of the building.

Flames could be seen shooting out of the top of the premises as firefighters fought to bring the fire under control.

Crews were called to City Square at 19:19 BST after reports of smoke coming from the first floor.

The Grade II listed former Majestic cinema, later the Majestyk nightclub, has recently been refurbished.

It closed its doors in 2006 and plans to revive the building included a cinema, restaurants and a gym.

It was in 1922 that the Majestic, as it was then named, opened as a cinema with 2,400 seats.

By the 1950s the venue was a ballroom and in 1969 the building re-opened as a Top Rank bingo club.

The bingo hall later closed and after a few years empty the building became home to the Majestyk nightclub.

rasLXR commented about Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square on Sep 12, 2014 at 7:25 am

Business I suppose, great as IMAX films are I doubt the Empire or the chinese would have been converted to screen them. There were few IMAX screens around that were not associated with theme parks or museums a few years back. Now they are everywhere perhaps also diluting the brand.

rasLXR commented about Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square on Sep 12, 2014 at 5:40 am

IMAX screens have never had masking. Have you not heard film as a projection format has been replaced. Conventional films screened in IMAX have never been projected in the IMAX aspect ratio.

rasLXR commented about Pepsi IMAX Theatre on Aug 23, 2014 at 3:20 am

The 70mm Pepsi Imax was replaced years ago its now part of a hotel iirc.

rasLXR commented about ABC Tunbridge Wells on Jul 22, 2014 at 8:23 am

Demolition of a derelict town centre cinema in Kent, branded as a “grot spot” is due to start this week.

The former ABC cinema in the centre of Tunbridge Wells has been derelict for nearly 14 years despite a number of demolition and redevelopment plans.

Work was due to start on Monday but work to make safe the electricity and gas supplies has delayed demolition.

A former dental surgery on the site will pulled down first, with the project due to take 12 weeks.

Liberal Democrat councillor Ben Chapelard, who has campaigned for the redevelopment of the site, has previously called it the town’s “number one grot spot”.

In February, the Conservative-led borough council issued a demolition notice on the owners.

From BBC News

rasLXR commented about Pavilion Theatre on Jul 21, 2014 at 4:12 am

Many theatres have had previous names some of them many previous name therefore it would be difficult to list theatres by all their names, even if all those previous names were provided by the person listing the theatre. There is a section on the right of the page that lists previous names.

rasLXR commented about Regent Cinema on Jul 11, 2014 at 3:05 pm

Good news The Regent has been opened as a Show Bar and Nightclub.

rasLXR commented about Gaumont Norwich on Jun 8, 2014 at 9:14 am

Looks like its being demolished.

rasLXR commented about Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square on Jun 1, 2014 at 4:07 pm

“The renderings bear the logo of UNICK Architects”

Takes someone with ball’s to gut the old Empire.

rasLXR commented about Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square on May 30, 2014 at 6:36 pm

Bearing in mind i’m talking 1999 IMAX went much further than the THX installations you could only use Sonics sound systems for example and all materials were approve and the set up of the projection room including a positive air pressure inside the projection areas to stop dust coming in when doors were opened, possibly less important with digital projection than for film however with the size of the images involved it may still be a requirement just less surfaces for dust to get on.

rasLXR commented about Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square on May 30, 2014 at 5:02 pm

“In my view, unlike the IMPACT auditorium, they really have got it right—accepting that it’s a automated digital cinema—this really is a flagship “West End” cinema with the attention to detail you’d expect!”

IMAX control and approve everything they provide all the specifications for an IMAX theatre and sign everything off approved before work starts. Was a bit of an effort to get them to sign off the large windows to the projection room at the BFI Imax, in fact the IMAX projector at BFI on installation projects through special glass which was not fireproof and had to have a fire shutter installed as in the old nitrate days.

rasLXR commented about Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square on May 30, 2014 at 4:45 pm

Because of dust once everything is in place and settled the screen arrives and is installed and sprayed in situ.

rasLXR commented about Metropole Cinema on May 19, 2014 at 4:49 pm

Ken Ian Oklahoma was the first Todd Ao at the Metropole it opened on Boxing Day 1959. Can-Can opened march 26th 1960.

rasLXR commented about Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square on May 19, 2014 at 4:18 pm

The screen is the last thing installed in an Imax.

rasLXR commented about Vue West End on Apr 19, 2014 at 5:05 pm

Nothing is as bad as “Cannon” Mike.
“A Star Is Born” Premiere from Pathe:

rasLXR commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Mar 18, 2014 at 5:03 am

bigoe59 Try looking here there’s lots of info re road show screenings etc.

rasLXR commented about Cannon Great Yarmouth on Dec 18, 2013 at 9:19 am

Interior photo from the ABC being stripped out for demolition (I was there unfortunately) perhaps someone can put the photo in the photo section. I have been looking for years for and interior photo.

rasLXR commented about Futurist Theatre on Dec 15, 2013 at 5:59 am


A seafront theatre is to close while attempts are made to find a new operator for the site, a North Yorkshire council has confirmed.

Scarborough’s Futurist is to be boarded up after the borough council rejected plans to more than double its subsidy to the site’s operator to £180,000.

Conservative council leader Tom Fox said the theatre’s viability had not been established.

The Save Our Futurist group said there was “absolute anger” at the decision.

Built in 1921, the Futurist has staged concerts, shows and films but is located within an area earmarked for redevelopment.

‘Beyond refurbishment’ It was bought by Scarborough Council in 1985 and has been leased to its current operators, Brenda and Barrie Stead, since 2002 with that lease set to expire at the end of 2013.

In June, a report found the theatre was “beyond the point” of refurbishment.

Tom Fox Tom Fox said he expected the council to be “thorough” in ensuring the theatre remained secure A council report recommended either increasing the subsidy paid to the Steads or boarding the theatre up for three months, at a cost of £5,000, “to provide time to flush out any potential operators”.

It added that if a suitable offer was not forthcoming council officers would be instructed to “formally close the Futurist Theatre”, at a further of cost of £20,000.

Mr Fox said he expected Scarborough Borough Council to “be thorough in managing the integrity and security of the building and remaining facilities” while it was mothballed.

The current operator’s lease will, however, be extended until 5 January to permit the continued screening of The Hobbit, Mr Fox added.

Patricia David, from the Save Our Futurist Group, said it was “totally unrealistic” to expect another potential operator to come forward.

“Three months is not enough time to get together a business plan, find funding and start to book acts for the coming year.

rasLXR commented about Odeon Marble Arch on Nov 19, 2013 at 5:01 pm

“Of all the theatres I have ever worked being a projectionist here was a privilege and a joy. Perfection was the only standard they knew. Martyn Butler”

Well said Sir I agree 100%

rasLXR commented about Odeon Marble Arch on Nov 18, 2013 at 1:07 pm

Star Wars was run in D150 for ONE or TWO days max I was at the first show. 20th Century Fox did not want Star Wars shown in D150 because no one else could run it.

rasLXR commented about Astoria Cinema on Nov 16, 2013 at 10:43 am

Some photo of the Astoria here:

rasLXR commented about Noverre Cinema on Nov 16, 2013 at 10:40 am

The entrance to the Noverre can be seen on the Assembly House site its the door in the cream building closest to the Red Brick Assembly House. The above photo is of the Theatre Royal.

Last time I was there in the 70’s it was equipped with BTH Supa mk2’s.