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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.
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 ……!
An older photo (1998), before the foyer was extended can be seen here:–
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?
As always I now wish I had made more of an effort to get inside!
Photos of the auditorium here:–
EMPIRE THEATRE – side view 1994
EMPIRE THEATRE – balconies 1992
EMPIRE THEATRE – from stage as a nightclub 2008
Photo shortly after closure here:–
LEEDS TOWER CINEMA
I believe the the auditorium is still intact and lies to one side of the arcade
Photo of the auditorium in 2002 here:–
The 60’s frontage can be seen here, it too has been removed and replaced (in 2000).
HIPPODROME FACADE c1988
The former Gaumont is largely intact inside in it’s new use as a store. Some photos from 2010:–
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 :–(
Pre opening photo’s here (March 2013)
EVERYMAN at night
EVERYMAN – daytime
Some interior photos here (taken in 2001):–
HIPPODROME – towards rear
HIPPODROME – towards stage
HIPPODROME – across auditorium
Another much earlier shot of the proscenium arch (circa 1994)
Another view of the former Empire here (c1994)
A view of the foyer taken in 2000 here:–
RADIO CITY FOYER
Two photos of the interior of the Hudson before the recent renovation took place:–
HUDSON THEATRE – view to stage
HUDSON THEATRE – view from stage
Two photos from 2000 of the interior of the larger screen with the ornate curtains in place.
Photo from 2000, not long before closure:–
ST FRANCIS CINEMA
2001 photo of the Fairfield Halls
2001 Photo (as the Warner):–
Photo still operating as the Safari in 2001:–
Two photos of the exterior taken in 2000, just after restoration had apparently started, but was not yet visible!
Photo from March 2000 here, showing the exterior and stage house:–
BERKELEY RIVOLI THEATER
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
A photo shortly before closure here:–