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Ian commented about Fox Oakland Theater on Mar 12, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Two photos of the exterior taken in 2000, just after restoration had apparently started, but was not yet visible!

FOX OAKLAND

FOX OAKLAND

Ian
Ian commented about Rivoli Theatre on Mar 11, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Photo from March 2000 here, showing the exterior and stage house:–

BERKELEY RIVOLI THEATER

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Ian commented about Castro Theatre on Mar 10, 2013 at 1:07 pm

A rescued (from an under-exposed negative) photo of the Castro interior taken in March 2000, showing a part of this magnificent theater :–

CASTRO SPLAY WALL

Ian
Ian commented about Crown Gotham Theatre on Mar 9, 2013 at 10:24 am

A photo shortly before closure here:–

GOTHAM CINEMA

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Ian commented about Coronet 1 & 2 on Mar 9, 2013 at 7:10 am

A photo from April 2000 showing the closed theatres here:–

CORONET CINEMA

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Ian commented about Beech Hill Cinema on Mar 8, 2013 at 7:36 am

Is it possible that this and the Westgate cinema listed on CT were the same building under different names? This one (Beech Hill) opened in 1930 if the date on the façade is correct. It later became the Royal Bingo Club, but I am not sure if the Royal name was ever applied during the cinema days – the KYB for 1964 lists it as Beech Hill.

ROYAL BINGO CLUB

Ian
Ian commented about Royal Opera House on Mar 4, 2013 at 3:04 am

A 1989 shot here of the façade:–

OPERA HOUSE

Ian
Ian commented about Futurist Theatre on Mar 4, 2013 at 3:02 am

A 1989 shot of the exterior here, when all the cladding tiles were the same colour and the other businesses in the block were up and running!

FUTURIST THEATRE

Ian
Ian commented about Capitol Theatre on Mar 4, 2013 at 2:59 am

A 1989 shot here showing the building operating as the Capitol Plaza under Mecca.

CAPITOL CINEMA

Ian
Ian commented about Ritz Cinema on Feb 27, 2013 at 3:14 pm

The Ritz was turned into an indoor market, this too closed and after a period of dereliction the building was demolished at the end of the 20th Century.

WATERLOO CINEMA

Ian
Ian commented about Granada Bedford on Feb 27, 2013 at 3:52 am

A few negatives recently rediscovered (mis-filed) has yielded some new digitally enhanced scans of the interior of this cinema:–

VIEW ACROSS AUDITORIUM

AUDITORIUM CHANDELIER

AUDITORIUM FROM STAGE

UPPER FOYER

All taken shortly before closure.

Given that this cinema was renamed Cannon for only a few months, could it not perhaps go under its “proper” name on CT?

Ian
Ian commented about Ritz Cinema on Feb 20, 2013 at 4:22 am

I think you may be right JohnGn – it was referred to as the ABC Ritz, but it closed about the time the circuit was rebranded with the sole ABC name.

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Ian commented about Regent Cinema on Feb 10, 2013 at 4:54 am

The Regent is offered at auction with a guide price of £60,000 later this month.

“FOR SALE BY PUBLIC AUCTION ON FRIDAY 22ND FEBRUARY 2013 AT 11AM, AT THE MCDONALD TICKLED TROUT HOTEL, PRESTON NEW ROAD, PRESTON, PR5 0UJ. PRICE GUIDE: £60,000 – £70,000Extensive two storey former Regent Cinema, more recently used as Riley’s, bar, pool and snooker hall. The property was built in the early 20th Century and is of brick built construction with decorated tiled frontage located on the corner of Church Street and Regent Road in a superb Town Centre location. The property has a tall three storey domed tower with ornate parapet walls. Internally and externally the property requires extensive renovation works and comprises a large pool hall with bar area and WC’s, two snooker rooms, a large disused theatre, cellar and boiler room.”

http://www.metcalfestateagents.co.uk/property_detail.php?ref=AUC00251

The signs are not good …

Ian
Ian commented about Cine Astoria on Feb 7, 2013 at 4:57 am

Photo from 1995 here:–

CINE ASTORIA

Ian
Ian commented about Cines Albeniz on Feb 7, 2013 at 4:55 am

Opened 1945 designed by José González Edo. It closed in 2009, had a 9 million Euro restoration and reopened in 2010. Three screens are very modern, one in an ornate traditional style with balcony. Now owned by the City of Malaga.

Pre-restoration photo from 1995 here:– CINE ALBENIZ

Ian
Ian commented about Majestic Cinema on Jan 24, 2013 at 7:22 am

That Car Park looks ominously cinema shaped! (swing round the google image to the opposite side of the road).

Ian
Ian commented about Carlton Picture House on Jan 20, 2013 at 6:11 am

The former cinema was demolished c2010 leaving a vacant lot until work began in 2013.

Ian
Ian commented about Glenroyal Cinema on Jan 18, 2013 at 3:40 am

The Glenroyal was destroyed by fire in the early hours today (18 January 2012). The remains are deemed unsafe and are due to be demolished later in the day – Briggate being closed for the duration.

Ian
Ian commented about Palace Theatre on Jan 5, 2013 at 4:23 am

Two other interiors from 1997 here:–

PALACE THEATRE BALCONY

PALACE THEATRE STAGE

Ian
Ian commented about St. George's Cinema on Jan 3, 2013 at 3:18 pm

A photo of the former cinema entrance in 2006 here:–

ST GEORGES

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Ian commented about Arts Theatre on Jan 3, 2013 at 3:11 pm

The theatre is possibly up for redevelopment, plans seem to be progressing slowly for total demolition and basement replacement of a small theatre.

Interior photos from 2011 here:–

ARTS THEATRE

ARTS THEATRE

Ian
Ian commented about Grand Theatre on Jan 3, 2013 at 2:57 pm

A photo from circa 1976 as Tiffany’s :–

GRAND THEATRE

Ian
Ian commented about Palladium Cinema on Jan 2, 2013 at 10:47 am

Photo of the façade of the Palladium in 1992 here:–

PALLADIUM CINEMA

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Ian commented about Alhambra Palace Theatre on Jan 2, 2013 at 10:43 am

Are you sure this one has gone?

The interior can be seen in the film “The Entertainer” (Laurence Olivier)

Photo from 1992:– ALHAMBRA THEATRE

Ian
Ian commented about Empire Cinema 1-4 on Jan 2, 2013 at 10:38 am

A photo of the Empire here from 1992:–

EMPIRE THEATRE