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Ian
Ian commented about Odeon Bolton on Jan 30, 2007 at 1:59 am

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 30, 2007 at 12:31 am

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 30, 2007 at 12:22 am

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 12:56 pm

Exterior photograph here:–

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

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Ian commented about Odeon Sheffield on Jan 29, 2007 at 9:03 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 29, 2007 at 1:04 am

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 11:41 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.

Ian
Ian commented about New life at the Rex Cinema on Jan 24, 2007 at 7:47 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 7:33 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 12:15 pm

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 12:08 pm

Exterior photo dating from 1998 here:–

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

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Ian commented about Odeon Camberwell on Jan 22, 2007 at 8:29 am

Another exterior photo of the Odeon as Dickie Dirts here:–

http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/365965077/

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Ian commented about Odeon Hemel Hempstead on Jan 22, 2007 at 8:27 am

Two more exteriors from 1988 here:–

http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/365981525/

http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/365981519/

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Ian commented about Rex Cinema on Jan 22, 2007 at 4:32 am

More pre-renovation photos here:

Exterior:-
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Circle passage:-
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Auditorium:-
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Ian commented about Cannon Deansgate on Jan 22, 2007 at 12:04 am

Couple of interior pics here.

Whilst still a cinema in 1986:-
http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/364937181/

After conversion to a pub – showing some of the restored original ceiling:-
http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/294034716/

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Ian commented about Roxy Cinema on Jan 21, 2007 at 1:01 pm

Photo in the Bassetlaw Museum archives here:

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Ian commented about Odyssey Cinema on Jan 21, 2007 at 12:54 pm

Exterior in 1988 here:-
http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/77307744/

Proscenium arch in main screen here:-
http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/77307746/

One of the mini’s beneath the balcony here:-
http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/77307748/

Picture across the balcony here:-
http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/77307747/

Ian
Ian commented about Majestic Theatre on Jan 21, 2007 at 2:01 am

A series of photographs taken in 2007 are available.

Exterior here:-
http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/361635642/

Interior of auduitorium (side view and boxes) here:-
http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/361635640/

View of circle area here:-
http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/361635637/

Ian
Ian commented about Sleaford Cinema on Jan 21, 2007 at 1:55 am

A exterior pic of the Picturedrome as it is in 2007 can be found here:–

http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/361608986/

and a picture of the foyer is here:–

http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/361608985/

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Ian commented about Town Hall on Jan 21, 2007 at 1:52 am

A contemporary photo of the Town Hall auditorium is here:

http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/361635633/

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Ian commented about Odeon Harlow on Jan 19, 2007 at 8:40 am

Early in 2007 the former Odeon remains unused and boarded up. All signs and branding have been stripped from the exterior of the cinema.