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Ian commented about New Gallery Cinema on Jul 1, 2006 at 5:16 am

This cinema has been all but wrecked in the conversion to retail space. Although – in theory – the new works are removable, in practice it is well nigh impossible to return a valuable retail space to arts use, and removing the extensive new build inside the auditorium – on a levelled floor – would be prohibitively expensive.

Two recent pictures here. The first shows about as much as you can see of the proscenium arch (now blocked in):–

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and the second is a view from the former balcony area:–

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Ian commented about Henry Miller's Theatre on Jun 26, 2006 at 9:49 pm

I thought the intention WAS to recreate the auditorium of Henry Millers – with expanded foyers and modern facilities. The original publicity from the developers certainly stressed the re-creation of the original theatre.

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Ian commented about Old Empress Cinema Burns Down on Jun 20, 2006 at 1:53 am

Found a few more details of the cinema.

From manchestercivic.org.uk:-
A less certain future faces the Empress Electric Theatre on Oldham Road, Miles Platting, which opened in 1912 in the very early days of purpose-built cinemas. Its now somewhat forlorn facade of red Accrington brick harks back to the 19th century, giving it an industrial appearance but with almost castle-like cornice adornments.
Inside the walls are adorned with luxurious French Rococo-style plaster panels. The proscenium and flanking twin organ cases are in a more serious classical vein with paired columns, niches and medallions symbolising music and the performing arts. The organ case embraces dummy organ pipes, as in a church, and vestiges of early cinema organs of this type are now extremely rare. Some years ago the Empress, too, became a bingo hall, and it is now a paint store.

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Ian commented about Old Empress Cinema Burns Down on Jun 19, 2006 at 8:17 am

Agree in principal Woody – but Manchester and Salford are two different authorities. But Manchester undoubtedly does not care about heritage. Nor does Salford!

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Ian commented about Old Empress Cinema Burns Down on Jun 19, 2006 at 5:58 am

Photo -pre fire here:–

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Ian commented about Texas Theatre sold to Cinema Treasures user on Jun 5, 2006 at 8:02 am

Congratulations – and please post pictures of the renovations!

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Ian commented about Grosvenor Cinema on May 19, 2006 at 8:23 am

Some exterior & interior pictures here – from when it was still a cinema!:–

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Ian commented about Savoy Cinema on May 9, 2006 at 8:24 am

Photos here:–

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and here

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both dating from 1988 when used as a bingo hall.

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Ian commented about ABC Ewell on May 6, 2006 at 10:47 pm

A few photos here (interior & exterior) from 1988 as the Cannon Cinema:–

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Ian commented about Ritzy Picturehouse on May 6, 2006 at 4:32 am

Another interior picture here from 1985

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Ian commented about Odeon Cosham on May 6, 2006 at 4:26 am

More pics – inside and out dating from 1986

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Ian commented about Odeon Ashford on May 6, 2006 at 4:23 am

Another photo as a bingo hall in 1986

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Ian commented about Odeon Streatham on May 6, 2006 at 12:25 am

Exterior picture from 1991 here

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Ian commented about Dome Cinema on May 6, 2006 at 12:20 am

Yet more interior photos here – dating from 1991

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Ian commented about Coliseum Cinema on Apr 30, 2006 at 10:59 pm

Further pictures of the derelict cinema here:–

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Ian commented about O2 Academy Brixton on Apr 30, 2006 at 10:51 pm

More photos of the Academy here :–

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Ian commented about Odeon Marble Arch on Apr 30, 2006 at 10:46 pm

Further interior photos before the cinema was ruined here:–

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Ian commented about Palace Cinema on Apr 30, 2006 at 10:43 pm

Exterior and interior photos of the Palace can be found here:–

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Ian commented about Odeon Aldershot on Apr 30, 2006 at 10:42 pm

Exterior photos of the cinema under Cannon here :–

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Ian commented about Odeon Aldershot on Apr 30, 2006 at 10:40 pm

Interior and exterior photos of the Odeon as the Kings Church here :–

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Ian commented about Robins Cinema on Apr 30, 2006 at 10:28 pm

Photo of the cinema under Classic here :–

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Ian commented about Odeon Radcliffe on Apr 30, 2006 at 10:21 pm

Another photo of the Kwik-save former Odeon here:–

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The buildings entrance was originally on the far corner of the front of the building.

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Ian commented about Odeon Watford on Apr 30, 2006 at 10:18 pm

Exterior photo of the Watford Gaumont / Odeon after closure here :–

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Ian commented about Majestic Cinema on Apr 30, 2006 at 10:14 pm

An interior shot of the partitioned-off balcony showing the domed ceiling and part of the frieze here:–

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Ian commented about Essoldo Kilburn on Apr 30, 2006 at 10:06 pm

Exterior picture taken just after closure of the Broadway here:–

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