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Baltimore Sun story is at
Poor Senator. The City of Baltimore now owns it.
According to reports in the Baltimore Sun today, there was one anonymous bid of $800,000 and the City then offered an extra $10,000.
The full story is well worth a read, a lot of drama.
It would seem cinema use ended around 2001.
I am pretty sure that when I took a photo of this cinema, about eighteen months to a year ago, it was then out of use and perhaps had been for some time. Can anyone locally confirm?
The Coliseum Theatre dates from 1913, the architects were W H Hill of Cork and Mr Houston of Belfast, where some of the company promoters were based and the Contractors were O'Connell and Company. It has been some years since I saw this building but the original building was still standing at that time, long out of use as a cinema.
While many cinemas have strange names, this must be one of the strangest. Persons seeking a cinema and a Bank must be greatly puzzled.
There is a delay in relation to the decision and this case is now due to be decided by the Planning Appeal Board by 15-07-2009.
I understand that Rue du Cinema in Molenbeek was once a location for cinema film production, very briefly,probably around the time of WW I. This may explain the name.
If a CVS can “help revitalize the area”, it must be a rather strange place indeed, no disrespect intended to CVS, or Walgreens. The explosion of chain pharmacies in this era is rather reminiscent of the cinema building craze of the 1920’s and doubtless future generations will look back at it in wonder. I have nver been to East LA, but have much enjoyed the posts.
This was a complex I really liked also and I am still rather amazed that it closed, given that the City2 complex is still very popular as a shopping venue. Always comfortable and with good standards. The transport links here were good also, with a metro stop and parking. It also seems that no serious immediate alternative use of the space was the cause.
New temporary decorative panels have been added to the lower floors of the Carlton, promoting some sort of video arcade style game parlour. A photo is here
The largest cinema here was host to a heated special meeting of the Bank of Ireland last Friday, with overflow accomodation used to seat the generally disaffected shareholders. This might be a relatively profitable new line of business for large cinemas, but the RTE TV 6p.m and 9p.m. news carried extensive film coverage showing the meeting, and by default the cinema interior. This news coverage should still be available, for a time, on the RTE news website.
The Rivoli Cinema is up for sale. It has an asking price of “around $23 million” and it is leased to Village Roadshow until 2020.
Selling agent Andrew Dawkins of CB Richard Ellis said the property was returning about $2million rent, with room for increases, and would probably remain a cinema, as heritage restrictions made it difficult to convert for other uses.
A plaque to commemorate the previous history of the Volta Cinema, including the relatively fleeting James Joyce connection, was erected on the new building some years ago.
Joyce only participated in the initial setting up of the Volta, having induced some cinema operators from Trieste, where he then lived, to open a dedicated cinema in Dublin. They put up the money, Joyce and his father found the premises (and also looked at premises in Cork, presumably for another cinema, though nothing came of this) and set up the cinema, returning to Trieste almost immediately with an agency to sell Irish Tweed there. That proved equally unsuccesful.
Passed by the former Regal on Saturday. The building stands, apparently empty with only an advertisment for a furniture retailer on it. That is over the corner entrance. This firm may once have used the premises, as the name is Regal, but this firm now has modern premises behind the former theatre / cinema. The building seems to be in good structural condition, well painted but is firmly locked up, so what it is like internally could not be seen.
The theatre was originally built in 1913, the architect was AOM Lovell, with between 700 and 800 tip up seats, and a stage measuring 30x26. For much of its life it ran as a cinema, with stage use on special occasions.
Most probably came from a cinema cafe or restaurant.
Visited by the President of the Republic on 27 Feb, the local press in Manila recently ran several stories about the restoration of this cinema, which seems to be ongoing. This is seemingly the third restoration, one after the war, one in the Marcos era, after which the cinema was allowed fall into decay. Seemingly, the main roof has been repaired and the orchestra pit is no longer submerged in water. (The Metropolitan is close by the river, so the cinema may be vulnerable to flooding, even if the roof is fixed.) 50m pesos has been allocated and the City of Manila is managing the rehabilitation. The House of Precast is restoring the proscenium it made in the 1930s and Kraut is working on the stained glass facade.
No re-opening date was mentioned.
Came across the following series of photos on Flickr, regarding cinemas in Helsinki. According to Miemo “The exhibition Kinostalgia is a nostalgic tribute to the old cinemas – the Holga-photographs were taken in fall 2006 in four of the oldest remaining movie theaters of Helsinki: Bio Rex, Orion, Maxim and Forum.In 1960 there were 49 movie theaters in Helsinki. In 2006 there are only 8 left.”
This is one of the series
Remains a vacant lot at this time.
The Ormonde Cinema in Greystones is also closed, after operating in the balcony area of the original cinema only for some years. A funeral parlour shared part of the stalls in the latter years.
The closure of the Ormonde, Greystones got a fair amount of publicity, as the cinema is used in brief exterior series of shots in an episode of the TV comedy series “Father Ted”. Without giving away all of the plot, the efforts of Fr. Ted and Fr. Dougal to protest (under instruction) about an “unsuitable” film have a perverse effect!
I believe thes two photos may show the Fansland Cinema, in Hanoi but perhaps some person with an ability to read or speak Vietnamese can confirm it.
And another photo
This is the exterior of Cinema City
and this is a view of the interior, both taken just before the complex was ready to begin trading.
Thanks, enjoyed the photos. Love to see an early interior view.
A Planning Appeal has now been made to the Irish National Planning Board for the demolishion of the existing structure, and to erect a mixed development, comprising 4 apartments, retail, fitness centre and all ancillary site works. The case reference is: PL29S.232399
This case is due to be decided by 20-05-2009