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Ian commented about New Theatre on May 25, 2013 at 11:49 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 5:05 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 7:27 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 6:14 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 6:10 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 4:17 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 10:43 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 3:17 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!

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Ian commented about Tower Picture House on Apr 13, 2013 at 3:04 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 2:59 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 11:00 am

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 8:44 am

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 10:37 am

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 7:24 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 4:23 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 4:50 am

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

EMPRESS STAGE

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Ian commented about Gaumont Whitley Bay on Mar 16, 2013 at 4:48 am

Another view of the former Empire here (c1994)

GAUMONT

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Ian commented about Radio City Music Hall on Mar 15, 2013 at 5:15 am

A view of the foyer taken in 2000 here:–

RADIO CITY FOYER

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Ian commented about Hudson Theatre on Mar 15, 2013 at 5:13 am

Two photos of the interior of the Hudson before the recent renovation took place:–

HUDSON THEATRE – view to stage

HUDSON THEATRE – view from stage

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Ian commented about Grand Lake Theatre on Mar 14, 2013 at 5:42 am

Two photos from 2000 of the interior of the larger screen with the ornate curtains in place.

GRAND LAKE

GRAND LAKE

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Ian commented about St. Francis Theatre on Mar 13, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Photo from 2000, not long before closure:–

ST FRANCIS CINEMA

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Ian commented about Fairfield Halls on Mar 13, 2013 at 5:41 am

2001 photo of the Fairfield Halls

FAIRFIELD HALLS

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Ian commented about Vue Purley Way on Mar 13, 2013 at 5:39 am

2001 Photo (as the Warner):–

WARNER MULTIPLEX

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Ian commented about Safari Cinema on Mar 13, 2013 at 5:37 am

Photo still operating as the Safari in 2001:–

SAFARI CINEMA