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Firstly. John Cecil Clavering designed the whole thing. he with Roland Satchwell created Odeon look.. There is no evidence that Weedon designed a whole cinema.. Prior to the Odeon work he was assistant architect at the Harold Seymour Scott practice. Cleaving transferred from the Satchwell & Roberts co., (they were a larger Practice) to become Head architect . 16 cinemas Later Bullivant took his place. Weedon did prepare the budgets for the eighth cinema onwards in the Odeon Chain.
Secondly.. Ambak is correct.. It was designed in a morning. The Rank engineer Mr Poole and Morgonites technical Rep Les Castree along with a Bell and Howell 631 16mm Projector a step ladder. tape measure and chalk Les Castree did rough drawings, which Ranks Architects converted to proper drawings. The big mistake Rank did was not getting Modernisation Ltd., to do the job. So you could here 3 films at once It was a Moore Bird Job.. Noted for sound breakthrough..
Picture from Neville Cohen Grandson of Joseph Cohen
I have revamped the picture
On the News today that the frontage collapsed in the street….
popcorn pets He used to have the Ritz Nuneaton
The Bingo Operator was Parker Bros of Rhyl
The Film Producer Euan Lloyd started as a Trainee Manager Here Noted for working on the Bond Movies and later his own. “Shalako” “Wild Geese” “Sea Wolves” “Paper Tiger” to name a few. Plus some Travel films to accompany the Bond Movies. to achieve the British Quota showings ..
The Ceiling of the Cinema survived on the upper floor that was used as a gym. The stalls floor line is that used in the arcade.
On an odd note. Both Theatres designed by Thomas Guest got bombed in 1941 … Alexandra Theatre Hull
Correction They bought a Hurricane Fighter.
The Interior was identical to The ABC Empress Sutton Coldfield and the Exterior the same style as the Clifton Evesham second frontage
Forgot to mention I manage The Cinema During the last Four Weeks of its life as a Cinema.. It was Ironic that I did this as My Family owned the Theatre with the Westwood Family “Walsall Theatre Company” prior to it becoming ABC Managed.
It is remarkable that both of this Architects Theatres was bombed during the WW2.
This Building was used as the construction workshop for the Old Birmingham Rep Theatre
This Cinema was owned by “The Lyons Estate”
The Mayfair Cinema (Birmingham) Ltd., was a 50-50 owned between the Vitoria Playhouse Group and the Lyons Estate.
terry.. I was being sarcastic…. :o)
The conversion into three screens was carried out by Moorebird Ltd., They did a usually a cheap and cheerful job. that leaked sound badly …
I did Management Reliefs from March 1968 till it closed as a cinema. Last Manager was Ray Adams
This Picture was taken by Bill Green for me.
The picture is from the Architectural Review of 1920.
Correct. The Last Paragraph is wrong The second screen was added in the 1990’s by Classic Cinemas soon after their take over from Jacey.
Picture taken by Mike Brazier..