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Ian
Ian commented about Royal Victoria Hall Theatre on Oct 27, 2013 at 6:59 am

A photo from 1989 here

ROYAL VICTORIA

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Ian commented about Classic Scunthorpe on Oct 19, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Yes I took the photos. The exterior is a none-too-great scan of a photograph taken on an Olympus OM40 – I’ll stick it on the list of images to replace with a better scan taken from the negative!

Ian
Ian commented about Washington Luxury Cinema on Oct 18, 2013 at 4:00 pm

A photo from 2012 here :–

WASHINGTON CINEMA EXTERIOR

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Ian commented about Pier Pavilion Cinema on Oct 18, 2013 at 3:56 pm

A pre-restoration photo from 2012 here:–

PENARTH PIER PAVILION

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Ian commented about Classic Scunthorpe on Oct 17, 2013 at 8:16 am

A photo from 1998

CLASSIC EXTERIOR

And a photo which I had labelled as 2000, but maybe 2002 as detailed above, of some surviving decoration in the balcony. Taken during the early stages of the demolition.

CLASSIC INTERIOR

Ian
Ian commented about Grand Theatre on Oct 16, 2013 at 6:26 am

Photo of the former Grand, operating as a bingo hall in 1984 (approx) here:–

ABERAMEN GRAND

Ian
Ian commented about Park Cinema on Oct 16, 2013 at 6:22 am

The facade has been trimmed at the top and the entrance filled in with a nasty shop-front.

Another view here:– ABERDARE PARK

Ian
Ian commented about Cosy Cinema on Oct 15, 2013 at 11:51 am

No. I made a similar mistake in identification on a photo in my flickr stream and got (quite rightly) pulled up! There was also a third cinema (the Savoy) in the same street. The Cosy is – somewhat mystifyingly – uncertain as to when it opened. This is obviously an old, possibly 1930’s, photo yet the Cosy is not in any KYB that I have until 1954. Yet it is clearly (once you know) separate from the Kinema next door.

I sadly have dodgy eyesight and an increasingly dodgier memory!!!!

Ian
Ian commented about Cosy Cinema on Oct 15, 2013 at 9:51 am

The Cosy was still listed in the 1954 KYB. Then it was operated by Vin Lockey of Withernsea and had 280 seats.

Ian
Ian commented about Cosy Cinema on Oct 15, 2013 at 9:35 am

There are actually two cinemas in this picture, next door to one another. The Cosy is the nearer one entered through what appears to be an earlier terraced property with a bay window above the canopy. The Kinema is beyond in a more traditional style of cinema architecture, and it is this building which is the amusement arcade today.

The Kinema had 666 seats (KYB 1940) in stalls and balcony.

A more recent photo here: KINEMA

Ian
Ian commented about Hippodrome Theatre on Sep 29, 2013 at 12:50 pm

The very damaged remains of the building are still there, awaiting some form of restoration.

Ian
Ian commented about Empire Cinema on Aug 2, 2013 at 2:45 am

Interior photos from July 2013 here:–

EMPIRE 1

EMPIRE 1

FOYER

EMPIRE 4

PROJECTION SUITE

Ian
Ian commented about Astoria Theatre on Jul 31, 2013 at 1:15 am

Some recent exteriors – including the side revealed by demolition of buildings on Seven Sisters Road – July 2013

ENTRANCE

STAGE & DRESSING ROOMS

INNER SIDE

Ian
Ian commented about Coronet Theatre on Jul 24, 2013 at 1:19 am

The Coronet is now threatened with development, despite operating successfully. The adjacent Shopping Centre is likely to be rebuilt and wants to include the theatre site in the redevelopment. Photos from July 2013 here:–

EXTERIOR

CIRCLE FOYER

BALCONY

AUDITORIUM FROM STAGE

AUDITORIUM FROM BALCONY

Ian
Ian commented about Adelphi Picture Theatre on Jul 23, 2013 at 1:00 am

Now in use as a storage facility (July 2013). Worryingly the interior was said to be stripped and re-plastered.

FULL FACADE

DETAIL OF ARCH

CLOSE-UP OF FACE

Ian
Ian commented about Cineworld Haymarket on Jul 22, 2013 at 1:34 am

Photos from July 2013 here

EXTERIOR

SCREEN 3

FORMER STALLS BAR

MAIN SCREEN TOWARDS REAR

MAIN SCREEN TOWARDS FRONT

Ian
Ian commented about Pavilion on Jul 21, 2013 at 8:10 am

A photo from circa 1974 here:–

PAVILION THEATRE

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Ian commented about White Rock Theatre on Jul 13, 2013 at 8:39 am

A scanned slide of the theatre taken around 1979 – some work seems to be being done to the fa├žade.

WHITE ROCK PAVILION

Ian
Ian commented about Ritz Cinema on Jul 13, 2013 at 8:35 am

“ .. the brick exterior was rather plain”

Masterful understatement Ken!

TONBRIDGE RITZ

Photographed circa 1990 as the Bejam supermarket.

Ian
Ian commented about Theatre Royal on Jul 9, 2013 at 4:09 am

The Theatre Royal had a foyer extension built in 1967, designed by Patrick Gwynne, in a starkly modern yet complimentary style to the Gothic theatre. It is located behind what appeared to be a garage on the left of the photo above, whilst the ground floor has been opened up and is part of the pedestrian thoroughfare of St Leonard’s Place. More recently a studio theatre was added.

THEATRE ROYAL FOYER

The Theatre Royal is grade 2* listed.

Ian
Ian commented about Theatre Royal on Jul 9, 2013 at 3:57 am

Current auditorium view here:–

THEATRE ROYAL AUDITORIUM

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Ian commented about King's Theatre on Jul 5, 2013 at 9:43 am

Some photos from 1993 here:–

EXTERIOR

FOYER

AUDITORIUM & STAGE

AUDITORIUM SIDE BOXES

Ian
Ian commented about Regal Cinema on Jul 2, 2013 at 1:18 am

In 2013 the building is still derelict.

BACUP REGAL

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Ian commented about Regal Kinema on Jun 27, 2013 at 9:07 am

It was Club Ice when the google imaging vehicle went past – it is Saint’s Bar now (2013).

Photo from June 2013 here:–

REGAL ST IVES

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Ian commented about Hippodrome Theatre on Jun 27, 2013 at 2:20 am

The Google image here is way out – go west along Halifax Road until the junction with Burnley road is visible. The Hippodrome is on the North side of Halifax Road, near the junction about where the A646 number is on the map.

Film shows are continuing at the Hippodrome, under the “Electric Palace” banner, using a digital projector. Meanwhile stage shows continue unabated, flooding in the Upper Calder Valley permitting – the theatre (and town) has now been flooded three times, but a new defence plan has just been announced.

Photos from June 2013 here: ENTRANCE

AUDITORIUM FROM STAGE

AUDITORIUM FROM REAR BALCONY