Comments from Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe commented about Cavendish Cinema on Sep 19, 2012 at 8:53 am

Sorry Pasqualino, I don’t have any photographs of the Cavendish Cinema, Nottingham.

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Ken Roe commented about Community Twin Theatre on Sep 19, 2012 at 6:56 am

robboehm, Ed Solero & Tinseltoes, and any other contributors. Here are some clarification on theatre updates and locations…..

I am the only person editing the site, and spend many hours a day (reading most comments and acting on any suggestions for amendments). Even when I am away on holidays, I spend a couple of hours a day on the site. I am based in the UK, so there will always be some delay in responding to comments due to time differences (especially those made in the evenings in the USA – I do ‘catch-up’ in the mornings). Major changes or disputes are dealt with by Patrick or Ross (the site administrators).

Regarding locations, the original address given when a theatre is first submitted determines the Google map position and street view. If the address is altered to a more exact or correct address at a later stage, the original embedded field still exists, and doesn’t change. To have a ‘perfect’ page, with address, Google map and street view all correct, an entirely new page would have to be created, and the old page would then be deleted (including all comments and photos- there is no way to transfer them across to the new page).

Regarding the address/location ribbon across the top of the page, this is created when a theatre is first submitted, and (not being a technical wiz-kid) I don’t know how the codes work which sometimes give seemingly incorrect information such as here on this page –‘Queens Village is in the Douglastown-Little Neck district’. This is something I have no control over. I also cannot make amendments to either the spelling of City names or change city locations, this at the moment is done by Patrick, after I have alerted any changes to him.

Hope this clarifies some of your concerns? I will remove this comment, together with others here on this subject in a few days time, as we are going ‘off topic’.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe commented about Rosedale Theatre on Sep 2, 2012 at 3:36 am

The 1927 edition of Film Daily Weekly lists the Rosedale Theatre at St. Lawrence & Westchester Avenues (no seating capacity given, usually indicating a newly built theatre) It is not listed in the 1926 edition of F.D.Y.

I have updated the introduction and address/street view.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe commented about Noel Coward Theatre on Jul 31, 2012 at 10:53 am

Ron, The theatre memorabilia shop ‘Pleasures of Past Times’ is still open at 11 Cecil Court, the next alley down from the Noel Coward Theatre, not the adjacent alley. David Drummond is still in charge.

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Ken Roe commented about The New Theatre on Jul 30, 2012 at 7:37 am

Photographed in April 1903.

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Ken Roe commented about Gaumont Cinema Walsall on Jul 30, 2012 at 7:20 am

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.

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Ken Roe commented about Capitol Cinema on Jul 15, 2012 at 2:05 am

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.

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Ken Roe commented about Stiwt Theatre on Jun 12, 2012 at 5:00 am

Ian;The Google Street View has been corrected. Thanks for pointing that out.

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Ken Roe commented about Bama Theatre on Jun 10, 2012 at 9:32 am

Bob; The 400-seat Bama Theatre could possibly have been renamed Roma Theatre in 1945? Neither names are in listings in 1950.

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Ken Roe commented about Lyceum Theatre on Jun 4, 2012 at 10:53 am

The Lyceum Theatre is the tall building in the far distance, at the right of this vintage photograph.

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Ken Roe commented about Royal Opera House on May 27, 2012 at 10:43 am

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”.

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Ken Roe commented about Cine Yara on May 18, 2012 at 10:47 am

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….

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Ken Roe commented about Cineworld Isle of Wight on May 9, 2012 at 8:26 am

Hi rasLXR, that is the former Medina Cinema. I have now given it a page.

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Ken Roe commented about Palladium Picture House on May 4, 2012 at 2:30 am

CSWalczak; Those are demolition photos. Thanks for the links.

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Ken Roe commented about Guild Theater on Apr 23, 2012 at 10:17 am

The 1950 edition of Film Daily Yearbook lists the Embassy (Rockerfeller Plaza) as being operated by The Newsreel Theaters, Inc.

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Ken Roe commented about Alhambra Theatre on Feb 12, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Many Thanks steeliebobs. If you wish to donate them, the “Cinema Theatre Association: would give them a good home. Go to ‘Archive’ for contact details.

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Ken Roe commented about Clinton Theatre on Feb 11, 2012 at 7:17 am

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

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Ken Roe commented about Temple Theater on Feb 1, 2012 at 7:40 am

Joe; Cinema Treasures has the Lyric Theatre, St. Louis as being designed by the Weber brothers.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe commented about Roxy Cinema on Jan 15, 2012 at 4:21 pm

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.

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Ken Roe commented about ABC Baker Street on Jan 8, 2012 at 4:00 pm

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.

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Ken Roe commented about Paris Theatre on Dec 31, 2011 at 5:47 am

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.

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Ken Roe commented about Chamaleon Variete Theater on Dec 14, 2011 at 6:31 am

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.

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Ken Roe commented about Chamaleon Variete Theater on Dec 1, 2011 at 5:57 pm

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.

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Ken Roe commented about Pampa Drive In on Nov 22, 2011 at 12:00 am

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.

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Ken Roe commented about Penn Cinema on Nov 12, 2011 at 1:11 pm

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.