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Photographed in April 1903.
The fireplace burned real coal every day during spring summer & autumn months, right up to the demise of the theatre. It was the doorman’s duty first thing in the morning to clean out the ashes and re-lay the fire and to set it alight by 11am. The two windows on each side actually backed onto the adjacent building so did not allow light through. The stairs to the right led to the stalls seating area. There was a set of stairs opposite the fireplace (out of view in the photograph) which led up to the cafe restaurant and the circle seating area. Behind the position where the photographer is standing was the confectionary kiosk, paybox and manager’s office.
pjguy68;The Kine Yearbook for 1937 lists the proprietor as Ystalyera Kinemas Ltd. of Swansea. By 1944, it was operated by Kenmor Kinemas Ltd. (booked at Cardiff) and remained with them until at least 1954.
Ian;The Google Street View has been corrected. Thanks for pointing that out.
Bob; The 400-seat Bama Theatre could possibly have been renamed Roma Theatre in 1945? Neither names are in listings in 1950.
The Lyceum Theatre is the tall building in the far distance, at the right of this vintage photograph.
Ron, I may have served you tickets, as I worked for 4 years (1972-1976) in the Floral Street box office, down the right-hand side of the Royal Opera House. Also ‘took the house in’ using the main foyer box office in the evenings.
Like you, not sure of the shooting locations of “The Red Shoes”.
Guarina. If you click on ‘About’ at the top right of the page, you will be sent to a page which will give details of how to contact us by clicking ‘Contact’. You can send your list & photos to us by clicking on the ‘theatre updates’ address….
Hi rasLXR, that is the former Medina Cinema. I have now given it a page.
CSWalczak; Those are demolition photos. Thanks for the links.
The 1950 edition of Film Daily Yearbook lists the Embassy (Rockerfeller Plaza) as being operated by The Newsreel Theaters, Inc.
Many Thanks steeliebobs. If you wish to donate them, the “Cinema Theatre Association:http://www.cinema-theatre.org.uk/ would give them a good home. Go to ‘Archive’ for contact details.
Joe; Looking at a Google street view of 103 Attorney Street, it is almost in the same position as the stage house of the Clinton Theatre. Of course it could be adjacent to it, or even across the other side of the street (not knowing which side is odd or even numbers).
Maybe Blinderman & Cohen purchased land behind the Clinton Street tenements, and built the Clinton Theatre with access from Clinton Street, but were unable to gain similar access through the tenements for the plot of land, so it was accessed from Attorney Street. (this is of course if it ever was built!) Nothing listed in the 1926 edition of Film Daily Yearbook
Joe; Cinema Treasures has the Lyric Theatre, St. Louis as being designed by the Weber brothers.
The cinema auditorium used in the film “Brief Encounter” was the Metropole Cinema, Victoria, London.
Irene Handl ‘played’ ‘March Militaire’ on its 3 Manual Wurlitzer organ, the hands shown playing the organ were owned by the then (1945) resident organist of the Metropole Cinema, James Whitebread.
SimonD, The J.D. Wetherspoon Metropolitan Bar is not in the former cinema space. It is located several yards to the left of the ABC Baker Street, in a space originally occupied by Baker Street station’s Buffet/Restaurant, adjacent to the station entrance.
Joe; Nice link, but the Crystal Palace Theatre was on George Street, Sydney. It opened in June 1914 and was demolished in 1937 for the new Century Theatre to be built on the site. It too has since been demolished.
Hi Fred, The book ‘Kinoarchitecktur In Berlin 1895-1995’ by Syvaine Hansel & Angelika Schmitt (Published in 1995 by Deitrich Reimer Verlag in Berlin). Listing for the Imperial-Tonfilm Theater on page 108:– ‘Ingenieurburo Friedrich Zwiebel (Umbau 1933/34)’ The index of architects at the back of the book only has this cinema as a reference to Friedrich Zwiebel.
Hi Fred, Not sure, but could possibly have been in a book I have on Berlin kinos. Currently I am away from home, so can’t check.
Chuck; In the 1955 edition of Theatre Catalog, it lists both the Pampa Drive-In & the Top Of Texas Drive-In, both operated by Video Ind. Theatres, but with a slightly different car capacity.
geoffjc; Sorry about the typo, I have corrected the year 1963 to 1973. “Ooh..You Are Awful” was given a Rank release on the third week of January 1973. Second feature was “Some Kind Of Hero”. The US release was in 1974.
Ooops!!again. Sorry guys. Too many late nights. So that is why I couldn’t find the Ritz Theatre (Stockholm), in a book I have on the cinemas of Copenhagen! LOL
Oops, Correction to the above, Stockholm is in Denmark
On the new Blu-Ray release, there is an intermission, complete with Intermission intro music (played on a blank screen). The Intermission comes just after ‘The War Council’ scene, and part 2 opens with ‘I Feel Pretty’.
According to the booklet which came with the DVD Special Edition Collectors Set (sadly not included with the new Blu-Ray release) it states the the George V cinema in Paris, France ran the movie for 218 weeks, and it then ran another 25 weeks at the Avenue cinema, followed by a further 16 weeks at the Arleqine cinema!
Also Internationally, the booklet states during January-March 1962, “West Side Story” became the top grosser ever at the Piccadilly Theatre, Tokyo, Japan. At the Astoria Theatre, London, England, it had the highest ever advance sales of any film at that theatre. In Stockholm, Sweden at the Ritz Theatre, seats were sold out months in advance.
After the June 1962 premiere of the film in Sydney, Australia (name of theatre not stated) all seats were booked out in advance as far as October 1962.
“West Side Story” has always been one my most favourite films, since I first saw it at a cinema in Llandudno, North Wales, UK while I was on holiday in 1962.
Michael;Thanks for the terrific article, again so well researched. I have just purchased the Blu-Ray disc and it looks stunning! It was released here in the UK before the USA Blu-Ray release, which makes a change!