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Ian
Ian commented about Art Cinema on Feb 7, 2007 at 6:23 am

Albert Winstanley was born in Scotland in 1876. He was initially employed in a practice led by Arnold England but soon had his own company with offices at 49 Deansgate Manchester and in Lytham St Annes. From 1919 to 1928 Charles Hamilton Mackeith was his assisant. To the above list can be added a rebuild of the Art Picture Theatre New Mills(1921). He died in 1943.

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Ian commented about Art Cinema on Feb 7, 2007 at 6:00 am

The architect, Albert Winstanley, designed several cinema and theatre buildings, mainly in the North West of England, and few of which survive today. Amongst his projects were Grand Lancaster (1908); Queens Carlisle (1909); Empire Fleetwood (1909); Theatre Royal Whitehaven (1909); Queens Castleford (1909); Lyceum Crewe (1911); Art Bury (1911); Playhouse Wakefield (1913); Savoy Romiley (1934).

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Ian commented about Cineworld Hammersmith on Jan 31, 2007 at 8:06 am

Here is a photo of the principal screen – former circle – taken in 1988:–

http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/375591700/

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Ian commented about Granada Acton on Jan 31, 2007 at 5:36 am

Two interior photo’s – also from 1988 – here:

Upper foyer (inside the front windows):-
http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/375591704/

Auditorium:-
http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/375591701/

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Ian commented about Odeon Kemp Town on Jan 30, 2007 at 5:50 am

Photo of the Odeon Kemp Town in use as a church in 1985/6, shortly before demolition:–

http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/374513033/

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Ian commented about Duke of York's Picture House on Jan 30, 2007 at 5:46 am

Two photos of the (somewhat seedy) auditorium in 1988. It has been refurbished significantly since then!

http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/374513027/
http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/374513028/

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Ian commented about ABC Brighton on Jan 30, 2007 at 5:44 am

More photo’s of the Brighton ABC (under Cannon) here:

Exterior:-
http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/374503284/

Screen 1:-
http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/374503282/
http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/374503280/

Restaurant or Dance Hall:-
http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/374503278/

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Ian commented about Astoria Theatre on Jan 30, 2007 at 5:40 am

More photos of the Astoria as a bingo hall and a rare image (scanned) of the original appearance here:–

http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/374507660/
http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/374507655/
http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/374507654/
http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/374507651/

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Ian commented about Odeon Bolton on Jan 29, 2007 at 10:59 pm

Photograph of the Odeon in 2005, as a Mecca bingo hall:-
http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/17995694/
http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/374326004/

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Ian commented about Hyde Park Picture House on Jan 29, 2007 at 9:31 pm

and one of the Screen curtains and modernised (1960’s!) proscenium:–

http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/371013990/

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Ian commented about Regal Cinema on Jan 29, 2007 at 9:22 pm

Photos taken in 1988 here:

Exterior:-
http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/373370361/
http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/373370358/

Interior (fronts stalls area):-
http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/373370356/

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Ian commented about Theatre Royal on Jan 29, 2007 at 9:56 am

Exterior photograph here:–

http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/350405370/

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Ian commented about Odeon Sheffield on Jan 29, 2007 at 6:03 am

Two internal pictures here from 1988 as a bingo hall-

Former screen end:-
http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/373390842/

Circle area:-
http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/373390839/

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Ian commented about ABC Camberwell on Jan 28, 2007 at 10:04 pm

Two interior photographs of the Camberwell Regal/ABC taken in 1988, when it was operating as a bingo hall.

Proscenium:-
http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/365981534/

Circle:-
http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/365981532/

Ian
Ian commented about Hyde Park Picture House on Jan 26, 2007 at 8:41 am

The official histories of this theatre state that it was converted from a 1908 hotel in 1914, which I find hard to believe. The structure in 2007 presents NO evidence that it was ever anything but a cinema. I would have expected to see blocked up windows and doors, but there is no trace of this in the external walls of the auditorium. If it was a hotel before, then it must have largely been demolished. Internally too, there is no evidence that this was ever anything but a purpose built cinema.

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Ian commented about New life at the Rex Cinema on Jan 24, 2007 at 4:47 am

This used to be my local cinema in the 1970’s & 80’s and was always a favourite.

What is so lovely now is the “kick-in-the-teeth” to all those who said the cinema was unviable / an eyesore / past its sell-by date! Just look at the programme of films – and the majority of them are SOLD OUT! How many cinemas can say that?

Pre-restoration pictures can be seen here:-
http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/365799104/
http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/92192258/
http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/365799100/
http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/365799102/
http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/365799103/

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Ian commented about Royalty Cinema on Jan 24, 2007 at 4:33 am

An old exterior shot – from 1978 – is here:–

http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/332844635/

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Ian commented about Palladium Cinema on Jan 23, 2007 at 9:15 am

Photo from 1998, when still in use for bingo, here:–

http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/342497753/

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Ian commented about Empire Cinema on Jan 23, 2007 at 9:08 am

Exterior photo dating from 1998 here:–

http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/342514686/