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And some photographs of the beautiful auditorium from the same visit:–
Very friendly and stunning venue – must rank in the top 10 of the most beautiful cinemas in the world!
Photographs from November 2013
Photos from November 2013 here:–
November 2013 photo here:–
In the aerial photograph accompanying this theatre :
No.1 is the Majestic / Gaumont / Odeon / Metro
No.2 is the Pavilion Cinema
No.3 is the Hippodrome / Empire / Tameside
No.4 is the Theatre Royal
also in the extreme top right of the photo is the Oddfellows Hall / Stamford Cinema (three 1st floor windows facing the street)
In the aerial photo the Gaumont is the building top right with the canopy extending over the pavement. The cinema bottom centre is the Regal / ABC / Cannon which has been shuttered for many years.
A photo of the Century when in-situ at Keswick here:–
Things seem to have improved, when I visited in November 2013 there was no mustiness and the theatre appeared open and used with a mix of film and stage performances. There is a history of the theatre on their website which shows (undated) magazine scans of the design with a claimed opened date of 1936 for the apartments and 1937 for the the theatre. Photos here:–
Photos from 1988, just after closure as a cinema, here:–
A photo from 1993:–
Interior photographs of the Puskin from November 2013 – a beautifully maintained cinema with a spectacular auditorium.
DETAIL OF CEILING IN AUDITORIUM
AUDITORIUM FROM SCREEN
SCREEN & AUDITORIUM
I think this may have closed as a cinema and now operates as the Belvárosi Színház – a live theatre. I was not able to see inside :–(
Some recent photos of the Troxy (taken October 2103) here:–
STAGE FROM BALCONY
Above exterior photo now rescanned and reposted – the link is still valid.
A photo from 1989 here
Yes I took the photos. The exterior is a none-too-great scan of a photograph taken on an Olympus OM40 – I’ll stick it on the list of images to replace with a better scan taken from the negative!
A photo from 2012 here :–
WASHINGTON CINEMA EXTERIOR
A pre-restoration photo from 2012 here:–
PENARTH PIER PAVILION
A photo from 1998
And a photo which I had labelled as 2000, but maybe 2002 as detailed above, of some surviving decoration in the balcony. Taken during the early stages of the demolition.
Photo of the former Grand, operating as a bingo hall in 1984 (approx) here:–
The facade has been trimmed at the top and the entrance filled in with a nasty shop-front.
Another view here:–
No. I made a similar mistake in identification on a photo in my flickr stream and got (quite rightly) pulled up! There was also a third cinema (the Savoy) in the same street. The Cosy is – somewhat mystifyingly – uncertain as to when it opened. This is obviously an old, possibly 1930’s, photo yet the Cosy is not in any KYB that I have until 1954. Yet it is clearly (once you know) separate from the Kinema next door.
I sadly have dodgy eyesight and an increasingly dodgier memory!!!!
The Cosy was still listed in the 1954 KYB. Then it was operated by Vin Lockey of Withernsea and had 280 seats.
There are actually two cinemas in this picture, next door to one another. The Cosy is the nearer one entered through what appears to be an earlier terraced property with a bay window above the canopy. The Kinema is beyond in a more traditional style of cinema architecture, and it is this building which is the amusement arcade today.
The Kinema had 666 seats (KYB 1940) in stalls and balcony.
A more recent photo here:
The very damaged remains of the building are still there, awaiting some form of restoration.