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John Bruckshaw I can tell you that there was no bar in the Cinema side I did relief Management there The business alas did not warrant a bar. Plus The Birmingham Licensing Authority would not have allowed it. Except for Road Show cinemas or Cinemas that did live shows.
Terry The Empire was one of the many oddities on ABC It was still owned by the Clifton syndicate in disguise :0) Most of Birmingham ABCs and Wolverhampton was by the same arrangement ASSOCIATED BRITSH CINEMAS meant what it said on the label. They had the Mayfair Circuit which was an arrangement with Essoldo
When Cinemas had theta names. They were always Prefixed with ABC even when they were just managed cinemas
Picture by curtesy of M M Jervis
This was a picture of the Local Home Guard on parade during WW2
I believe that architects was Hickton and Farmer of Walsall which is near by. The Building has many design features that Harry Farmer employed in his cinema work.
The Frontage was designed by Archibald Hurley Robinson. Take a look at the Capitol Alum Rock. Birmingham
Yes and Business was also effected by the Vue cinema Gravely Hill and the new one a Solihull after the opened.
Richard Horstall Did not design the Theatre as such he acted as local agent for Roland Satchwell His duties was to be present to sign off the weekly stages of work and to deal with any issues locally
Latest Gossip Wetherspoons will be re-opening the Imperial as they are still paying rent on the site. £75,000 per anum until 2047 ….
I will have a look through the files..
I remember Patrick he worked for me part time I have some photos of Patrick I think with the rest of the staff
surf digby Have put comments on your picture of the exterior.
That is a sad sight as I used to do Management Reliefs there.
The Sign Colour A B C should be more orange. Brick colour is not to far out.. The Canopy would have been Maroon and the centre band a sky blue. Leyland Colours. The tall publicity frames on the centre curve and Exit door on the left are the wrong ABC House colour but may have been given a lick of paint by an enthusiastic Manager. :)
The Cinema had a water cooled rectifier .. Above was a leaking U bend that dripped on the mercury bulb. :) It closed because of the cost cinemascope….. bearing in mind that the circuit mostly did Cinemascope properly to Fox specifications
Paul Stevenson The Manager was the owner.. He was one of the Dents. he retired and one of Our companies took over the cinema briefly (Stratford Picture House Co.,) Then it passed to Stephen Witchouson please forgive the spelling then the rest I have lost track of.
AndreaP Normal practice There is always a double entry on a complete rebuild.. Where walls of the old theatre are used again then there is only one entry..
Correction It was Hickton and Farmer that did the 1910 frontage…
It is interesting to note. That the leading lights of the Save the Regal trust had never watched a film at the cinema… Gordon Minturn our Manager told the press if this group have actually purchased tickets in the past to watch films then it would not be being sold. With the passing of the old owner B T Davis There was no sentiment They still own one Theatre The Savoy Monmouth that is now leased out to a Trust after I retired…
Forgot 1979 B T Davis intended to twin Marlow but died before in could be done.
I have found the pictures of the two Theatres. I have just put them on.. When We took over these theatres They were given a complete makeover by Modernisation Ltd., Including New Tabs, Screen, masking, Seats in the Circle Stalls refurbished Carpets Pay Box and Kiosk and re-wired.
John Angle took over the building from EMI and installed 35mm Projection . These were supplied by Les Castree who kept a lot of independents cinemas in business with his sensible terms
The Mayfair Circuit as an Oddity They were all owned by Essoldo and Managed by ABC
The Cinema was Bombed twice during WW2 .. The last one was a total wreck..