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Ian commented about Regal Cinema on Jul 2, 2013 at 9:18 am

In 2013 the building is still derelict.

BACUP REGAL

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Ian commented about Regal Kinema on Jun 27, 2013 at 5:07 pm

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 10:20 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

Ian
Ian commented about New Olympia Cinema on Jun 27, 2013 at 10:09 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 7:08 pm

This cinema has now been demolished.

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Ian commented about Pavilion Theatre on Jun 20, 2013 at 3:41 pm

A photo from 1976 here:–

PAVILION THEATRE

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Ian commented about Queen's Hall on Jun 17, 2013 at 7:03 pm

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 6:57 pm

Some 1986 photos of the cinema here:–

EXTERIOR INCLUDING LEGS

INTERIOR TOWARDS SCREEN

INTERIOR TOWARDS REAR

Ian
Ian commented about New Theatre on May 25, 2013 at 4:49 pm

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

AUDITORIUM

Ian
Ian commented about Palace Cinema on May 20, 2013 at 10:05 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 12:27 pm

A few more photos taken in May 2013 here:–

EXTERIOR

LIGHTING / MASKING / CURTAINS CONTROL

AUDITORIUM and STAGE

Ian
Ian commented about Scala Cinema on May 17, 2013 at 11:14 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

Ian
Ian commented about ABC Warrington on May 17, 2013 at 11:10 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

Ian
Ian commented about Stephen Joseph Theatre on May 6, 2013 at 9:17 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 ……!

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

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 8:17 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!

Ian
Ian commented about Tower Picture House on Apr 13, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Photo shortly after closure here:–

LEEDS TOWER CINEMA

I believe the the auditorium is still intact and lies to one side of the arcade

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Ian commented about Brighouse Cinema @ The Civic Hall on Apr 13, 2013 at 7:59 pm

Photo of the auditorium in 2002 here:–

CIVIC HALL

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Ian commented about Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre on Apr 8, 2013 at 4:00 pm

The 60’s frontage can be seen here, it too has been removed and replaced (in 2000).

HIPPODROME FACADE c1988

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Ian commented about Gaumont Birkenhead on Apr 7, 2013 at 1:44 pm

The former Gaumont is largely intact inside in it’s new use as a store. Some photos from 2010:–

GAUMONT AUDITORIUM

GAUMONT FOYER

GAUMONT EXTERIOR

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Ian commented about Castro Theatre on Mar 28, 2013 at 2:37 pm

A couple more photos of the Castro in 2000 here including a stage one showing the top of the organ. Sad it might be moved out of such a fitting setting :–(

CASTRO EXTERIOR

CASTRO STAGE

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Ian commented about Everyman Cinema on Mar 25, 2013 at 11:24 am

Pre opening photo’s here (March 2013)

EVERYMAN at night

EVERYMAN – daytime

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Ian commented about Bristol Hippodrome Theatre on Mar 16, 2013 at 8:23 pm

Some interior photos here (taken in 2001):–

HIPPODROME – towards rear

HIPPODROME – towards stage

HIPPODROME – across auditorium

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Ian commented about Spanish City Theatre on Mar 16, 2013 at 8:50 am

Another much earlier shot of the proscenium arch (circa 1994)

EMPRESS STAGE