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The large building in the centre of the photograph is the Ilford Hippodrome Theatre, not the Empire Cinema.
Joe;I made a typo, I have corrected the opening date to 1920.
HJHill; I have found the seating capacities of Unit Four and updated the details in the introduction text and the number of seats box.
michaelbrent; The auditorium is intact, but only the stalls area is currently being used by the church. The church have built a new ‘proscenium’ in front of the original one. This is a ‘temporary’ structure which can easily be removed. Also, as they are only using the stalls area, a false ceiling made of cloth has been hung across from the front underside of the circle towards the ‘temporary’ proscenium. This too can easily be removed when they bring the circle back into use. It will assist in retaining the heat in the stalls area during winter, and hides the upper levels of the cinema which are still painted in Mecca Bingo colours.
The 1930 edition of Film Daily Yearbook lists the 68th Street Playhouse, 68th Street & 3rd Avenue with 1,269 seats (obviously a mis-print) as in the 1931 edition of FDY it is listed with 409 seats.
Mike(Saps) One reason for a theatre being ‘updated’ is the change of the main photo on the page. Photos change due to the number of ‘hits’ each one receives.
Joe, Richards Theatre (a gay male porn theatre) also operated from this building a couple of storefronts to the west of the Odyessy Theatre.
Regarding Google Street Views going inside buildings, it seems to be a growing trend, and something we cannot control.
I have a copy of the Theatre Catalog 1949-1950 edition. There is an index to theatre designers in that edition. Ernest L. Shult is listed in the Texas section (page 162), and names 16 of his theatres. I will go through these on Cinema Treasures and add his name as architect to those theatres we don’t already have him listed for designing.
kpkilburn2: I have now added a page for Cinema 63, Ansted, WV.
The 1926 edition of Film Daily Yearbook shows a Pavilion Theatre on Peaks Island, which had 500 seats.
Thanks Mark, I have corrected the introduction of the Futurist Cinema.
“You Only Live Twice” was released on the Rank Organisation circuit on the last week of August 1967. The Essoldo Quinton could have played the Rank release day and date with Rank Theatres or maybe a week or two later.
TheALAN & pham: Google Maps are not always accurate, especially when the street address and Zip Code are incorrectly given when the theatre page is first submitted. In this case, the address & Zip Code are correct, but it is a block off. The Google Street View has been set to the correct location.
I will notify Patrick to take a look at this. He is away until just after the New Year.
markp: No, this is the Apollo Victoria Theatre, located in the Victoria area of central London.
The Apollo Theatre, on Shaftesbury Avenue in London’s West End district was the theatre in the news last night which had a large section of its main auditorium ceiling collapse into the orchestra level, which also caused damage to the front of the dress circle. Luckily no one was killed although there were seven admitted to hospital with serious (though not life threatening injuries) and 79 others were injured. The Apollo Theatre, was built & opened in 1901 and has seating for 771 in orchestra, dress circle, balcony and upper circle levels. The upper circle is the steepest in London’s West End. It is a Grade II Listed building has always been a playhouse/live theatre, so is not eligible for inclusion on Cinema Treasures.
The accident happened around 40 minutes into a performance of the National Theatre’s hit production of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” which had been playing to sell out capacity audiences since opening in March 2013. The cause of the ceiling fall is being investigated, and one possible cause is that London suffered a violent thunderstorm with 15 lightning strikes in one hour and 8mm of rain and hailstones fell! All performances at the theatre have been cancelled until at least 4th January, 2014.
hutch: I have re-set the Google Street view to the approximate position of the Coronation Cinema, Station Road in New Southgate. However there is no way of correcting the Google Map.
LeonNorman1814: I have added the advertisement in this pages photos section.
MARK; The ‘Cinema Treasures’ book is available at its published retail price $40.00 + p&p from the UK, from the Cinema Theatre Association
nickbits: Thanks for your clarification. I have updated the introduction, and removed the photo of the Town Hall.
There was a problem with e-mail notifications for a couple of weeks, which has now been fixed.
Correction to the previous post by Nuggeteer; The Nugget Arcade (not the Nugget Theater) was constructed in 1970.
Thanks Joe, I have corrected the Google Street view.
TURBS, Sorry for this late reply to your comment, but I don’t read every comment posted every day on the thousands of cinemas we have on the site. The photos I linked in my comment above are not my photos. I am sure you will be able to use the same link to your Facebook page with no problem. If you wish to use individual photos, then you will have to ask the owner of the Flickr account and if he says ‘yes’, then credit him.
The American Motion Picture Directory 1914-1915 listed the People’s Vaudeville Theatre, 2172 Third Avenue.
I would say that the Eden Theatre was most likely a pre-existing live theatre. The Lumiere Brothers were not screening their films in purpose built cinemas, they were to follow later.
In the United Kingdom, the earliest purpose-built cinema is the Duke of York’s Picturehouse, Brighton which opened 22nd September 1910. It is still operating as a cinema today.