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Ian commented about Odeon Wardour Street on Jul 1, 2006 at 8:09 pm

Another couple of photos after closure here:–

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Ian commented about Lumiere Cinema on Jul 1, 2006 at 8:05 pm

Work is still continuing to turn the former cinema into a gym for the St Martins Hotel. Pictures from June 2006 here (external):–

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and here (foyer):–

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

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 27, 2006 at 5:49 am

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 9:53 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 4:17 pm

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 1:58 pm

Photo -pre fire here:–

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and here :–

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Ian commented about Texas Theatre sold to Cinema Treasures user on Jun 5, 2006 at 4:02 pm

Congratulations – and please post pictures of the renovations!

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Ian commented about Grosvenor Cinema on May 19, 2006 at 4:23 pm

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 4:24 pm

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 7, 2006 at 6:47 am

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 12:32 pm

Another interior picture here from 1985

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Ian commented about Odeon Cosham on May 6, 2006 at 12:26 pm

More pics – inside and out dating from 1986

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Ian commented about Odeon Ashford on May 6, 2006 at 12:23 pm

Another photo as a bingo hall in 1986

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Ian commented about Odeon Streatham on May 6, 2006 at 8:25 am

Exterior picture from 1991 here

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Ian commented about Dome Cinema on May 6, 2006 at 8:20 am

Yet more interior photos here – dating from 1991

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Ian commented about Coliseum Cinema on May 1, 2006 at 6:59 am

Further pictures of the derelict cinema here:–

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Ian commented about O2 Academy Brixton on May 1, 2006 at 6:51 am

More photos of the Academy here :–

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Ian commented about Odeon Marble Arch on May 1, 2006 at 6:46 am

Further interior photos before the cinema was ruined here:–

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Ian commented about Palace Cinema on May 1, 2006 at 6:43 am

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

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Ian commented about Odeon Aldershot on May 1, 2006 at 6:42 am

Exterior photos of the cinema under Cannon here :–

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Ian commented about Odeon Aldershot on May 1, 2006 at 6:40 am

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

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Ian commented about Robins Cinema on May 1, 2006 at 6:28 am

Photo of the cinema under Classic here :–

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Ian commented about Odeon Radcliffe on May 1, 2006 at 6:21 am

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 May 1, 2006 at 6:18 am

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

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