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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!
Guys, Enough is enough of this personal squabble. The last 10 comments have nothing to do with the Empire Picture Palace, so please get back onto subject.
It is a double World Premier using the Odeon Leicester Square and the Empire Theatre. Due to renovations to Leicester Square (to return it to its Victorian splendour in time for the 2012 Olympic Games), the pre-show is being held in Trafalgar Square, after which guests will walk to the two Leicester Square cinemas to view the film.
RickB;You are correct, the photograph above is not this Elmo Theatre. It is a photograph of the Elmo Theatre, St. Elmo, IL, which has its own page on Cinema Treasures #7601
To make for an ever changing site, Cinema Treasures now features as a main photograph the one with the most views. At the moment on this page, no one has posted a photograph of the actual Paradise Theatre building.
Chuck;In the 1955-1956 edition of Theatre Catalog, both the 100-car capacity Highway 14 Drive-In and the 200-car capacity Pettit’s Drive-In are listed, both operated by L.H. Pettit.
Opened around 1950, and was operated by Phil Isley Theatres.
Joe: The 1914-1915 edition of American Motion Picture Directory lists a Columbus Theatre, 875 Columbus Avenue.
Bway, I have 1,000’s, so it will some time to add them, but will work on it!
The former Regal Cinema, photographed in July 2008:
An Autumn 2009 photograph of the rear of the auditorium:
The 1914-1915 edition of American Motion Picture Directory lists the following movie theatres in Newburgh:
Academy of Music, Broadway & Grand Street
Cohen’s Opera House, Broadway
Imperial Theatre, Colden Street
New Palatine Theatre, 16-18 Lander Street
Star Theatre, 16 Lander Street
Auditorium of the Gaumont/Odeon Bootle;
The former Odeon can be seen on the right of this November 2006 photograph:
This set of photographs includes an article on the February 1948 re-opening, and has photographs of the interior: