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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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Ian commented about New Olympia Cinema on Jun 27, 2013 at 2:09 am

The Olympia appears to have been demolished and replaced by a Morrisons Supermarket on a much enlarged site.

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Ian commented about Stoll Cinema on Jun 23, 2013 at 11:08 am

This cinema has now been demolished.

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Ian commented about Pavilion Theatre on Jun 20, 2013 at 7:41 am

A photo from 1976 here:–

PAVILION THEATRE

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Ian commented about Queen's Hall on Jun 17, 2013 at 11:03 am

A 1986 photo as an amusement arcade here:–

QUEENS HALL

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Ian commented about Not the Moulin Rouge on Jun 17, 2013 at 10:57 am

Some 1986 photos of the cinema here:–

EXTERIOR INCLUDING LEGS

INTERIOR TOWARDS SCREEN

INTERIOR TOWARDS REAR

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Ian commented about New Theatre on May 25, 2013 at 8:49 am

1986 shot of the art deco auditorium which bears a passing similarity to the Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham

AUDITORIUM

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Ian commented about Palace Cinema on May 20, 2013 at 2:05 am

The former Palace is now The Showbar after Brannigans closed. A fair amount of the theatre survives, mostly hidden away behind false floors and ceilings. The lower nightclub extends over the stage, but above this the stripped-out flytower survives.

Some photos from May 2013 here:– EXTERIOR

PROJECTION ROOM

TOP OF PROSCENIUM

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Ian commented about Hippodrome Cinema on May 19, 2013 at 4:27 am

A few more photos taken in May 2013 here:–

EXTERIOR

LIGHTING / MASKING / CURTAINS CONTROL

AUDITORIUM and STAGE

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Ian commented about Scala Cinema on May 17, 2013 at 3:14 am

As of May 2013 the Scala is gone, demolished possibly as long as six months ago. The site shows no signs of re-use and the empty space is fenced-off.

A photo when still operating as a bingo hall here:– SCALA RUNCORN

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Ian commented about ABC Warrington on May 17, 2013 at 3:10 am

The building remains “for sale”, no asking price published, just “offers invited for the freehold” in May 2013. The building still looks in very good repair.

ABC WARRINGTON

ABC WARRINGTON

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Ian commented about Stephen Joseph Theatre on May 6, 2013 at 1:17 am

Although, with the exception of Muswell Hill (surrounded by a much larger catchment area) and York almost all of the triplings resulted in further sub-division or closure in the 1990’s – and Odeon have tried on several occasions to destroy the impact of MH and exited York. The large balcony and front stalls auditorium could not have survived in Scarborough and the mini’s in the rear stalls would have been small and unsatisfactory.

Though I completely agree that this was one of the finest of the Odeon interiors and a sad loss when it was converted.

And don’t start me on the local council ……!

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Ian commented about Empire Theatre on May 3, 2013 at 7:43 am

An older photo (1998), before the foyer was extended can be seen here:–

EMPIRE THEATRE

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Ian commented about Plaza Cinema on Apr 25, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Photos taken in 1998 when it was operating as a Walkers Bingo Club – despite the very derelict look on one of the pictures! I am not sure if the auditorium was at 1st & 2nd floor level – the entrance was at the other end from this photo and there seems to be substantial ground floor shops. Can anyone clarify?

PLAZA CONSETT

PLAZA CONSETT

As always I now wish I had made more of an effort to get inside!