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Mike_Blakemore commented about Empire Cinema on Apr 10, 2017 at 4:46 am

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..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Jacey News Theatre Birmingham on Apr 8, 2017 at 6:35 pm

Picture from Neville Cohen Grandson of Joseph Cohen

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Hippodrome Theatre on Apr 4, 2017 at 4:41 am

I have revamped the picture

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Odeon Newcastle upon Tyne on Apr 4, 2017 at 3:13 am

On the News today that the frontage collapsed in the street….

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Gaumont Plaza Cinema on Mar 18, 2017 at 4:26 am

popcorn pets He used to have the Ritz Nuneaton

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Gaumont Plaza Cinema on Mar 14, 2017 at 3:24 am

The Bingo Operator was Parker Bros of Rhyl

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Cannon Walsall on Feb 26, 2017 at 4:06 am

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 ..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Picture House on Feb 26, 2017 at 3:49 am

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.

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Coliseum Theatre on Feb 26, 2017 at 3:26 am

On an odd note. Both Theatres designed by Thomas Guest got bombed in 1941 … Alexandra Theatre Hull

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Clifton Spitfire Badge on Feb 15, 2017 at 9:29 am

Correction They bought a Hurricane Fighter.

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Odeon Kettering on Feb 9, 2017 at 10:18 am

The Interior was identical to The ABC Empress Sutton Coldfield and the Exterior the same style as the Clifton Evesham second frontage

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Mike_Blakemore commented about IMPERIAL CINEMA WALSALL on Feb 8, 2017 at 11:49 am

1967 Advert

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Avion Super Cinema on Feb 8, 2017 at 11:49 am

1967 advert

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Imperial Cinema on Feb 8, 2017 at 11:43 am

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.

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Alexandra Theatre on Feb 1, 2017 at 7:27 pm

It is remarkable that both of this Architects Theatres was bombed during the WW2.

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Adult World on Feb 1, 2017 at 7:21 pm

This Building was used as the construction workshop for the Old Birmingham Rep Theatre

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Globe Electric Palace on Jan 4, 2017 at 2:29 am

This Cinema was owned by “The Lyons Estate”

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Mayfair Cinema on Jan 4, 2017 at 2:27 am

The Mayfair Cinema (Birmingham) Ltd., was a 50-50 owned between the Vitoria Playhouse Group and the Lyons Estate.

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Mike_Blakemore commented about ABC Derby on Dec 4, 2016 at 2:28 pm

terry.. I was being sarcastic…. :o)

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Mike_Blakemore commented about ABC Derby on Dec 4, 2016 at 2:41 am

The conversion into three screens was carried out by Moorebird Ltd., They did a usually a cheap and cheerful job. that leaked sound badly …

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Mike_Blakemore commented about ABC West Bromwich on Dec 3, 2016 at 4:17 am

I did Management Reliefs from March 1968 till it closed as a cinema. Last Manager was Ray Adams

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Captol Cinema on Nov 16, 2016 at 3:14 am

This Picture was taken by Bill Green for me.

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Odeon Walsall on Nov 8, 2016 at 11:41 am

The picture is from the Architectural Review of 1920.

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Electric Cinema on Oct 17, 2016 at 12:34 am

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.

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Savoy Theatre on Sep 1, 2016 at 5:37 pm

Picture taken by Mike Brazier..