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Ian commented about Classic Brighton on Dec 29, 2004 at 2:53 pm

I think you may be confusing the Curzon / Classic with the Embassy further up the Western Road but across the border into Hove. The Curzon was totally demolished around 1979 and has been replaced by the Waitrose supermarket. The Embassy, part of the Miles Byrne circuit of cinema closed as a cinema in the early 1980’s, became the Black Cat bingo hall, then a pine furniture shop and has more recently become an amusement arcade.

Ian commented about Classic Leeds on Dec 1, 2004 at 7:46 am

Hilarie – Sorry only just seen your comment. Have no other pics (but like Joel I could take some for you). The one above is slightly cut-down in size. Send your e-mail address to if you would like a copy of the original. Is this a project covering specific types / areas? I have loads of other cinema pics …..

Ian commented about Savoy Cinema on Nov 18, 2004 at 7:56 am

As predicted – when I drove past yesterday the demolition crew had been and gone, along with this once fine cinema. I do not know if any of the surviving features were salvaged before the bulldozers moved in. A small housing estate is in the course of erection.

Ian commented about Scala Picture House on Nov 18, 2004 at 7:49 am

Following a tour of this building yesterday, it appears to be even more interesting than previously thought. It was built for the church as a way of raising money (the nearby St Peters had a similar scheme with the Tivoli). The stalls floor has been levelled and a false ceiling put in at balcony level. This part of the building is now a plain meeting room. However above this everything is intact, from the plasterwork on the walls to the projection room (empty) and a delightful single box at the rear of the balcony. Narrow corridors, tiny little payboxes positioned in the centre of a door and an open trussed ceiling all remain – largely unseen for decades.

Ian commented about St. George's Hall on Nov 18, 2004 at 7:42 am

After the partial collapse of the ceiling in 2003 (the 150th anniversay of the hall), the auditorium has now been restored and is in splendid shape. The Hall is well used for concerts, comedy and even opera and is destined to be a part of the cultural life of Bradford for years to come.

Ian commented about Odeon Bradford on Nov 18, 2004 at 7:40 am

Following the news that the Odeon auditorium was not a viable proposition to restore, but the facade and two towers would be incorporated into a new building, comes the sad news that the steelwork is a) in a poor condition and b) intricately linked to the steel frame of the rest of the building. It therefore seems likely that the entire building will now be demolished. (November 2004)

Ian commented about Picture Playhouse on Oct 15, 2004 at 8:31 am

The Picture Playhouse closed in 2003 and is very likely to be stripped out and converted into retail space. At present (October 2004) the stage, screen and front stalls seats have been removed, and a planning application is almost certain to approve the removal of the balcony and change of use to retail.

Ian commented about Harrogate Theatre on Aug 10, 2004 at 8:03 am

Call the box office on 00 44 1423 502116 from outside the UK or 01423 502116 from in the UK

Ian commented about O2 Apollo Manchester on Jul 29, 2004 at 3:24 pm

It is a complex and cumbersome mechanism which provides only limited protection. A fair description of the listing process can be found at

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Sadly there are too many occasions of a developer either appealling against the original listing and getting a building de-listed (Odeon Newcastle Upon Tyne) or allowing (assisting) a building to deteriorate to the point where demolition is the only viable option.

Ian commented about Cannon Hull on Jun 8, 2004 at 7:08 am

For rav :–

Sorry – did not see your comment until now – is it too late? Contact me on if you are still interested. Not that I have a great deal from this building :–(

Ian commented about Cannon Hull on Jun 8, 2004 at 7:05 am

Visiting Hull on 7th June 2004 I was surprised to see the Cannon is still standing – the demolition crew are working but little progress seems to have been made on the cinema. – the adjoining shops however have gone giving a side view of the cinema never before seen.

Ian commented about Final Moments of the Ambassador Super Cinema on Apr 23, 2004 at 3:48 pm

Thanks for taking and posting the sad images Andy – this was certainly one which should not have fallen, one of the very few distinguished buildings left in Salford.

Ian commented about Gaumont Hull on Mar 23, 2004 at 4:03 am

The former Majestic / Gaumont / Holderness Hall has been demolished in the early part of 2004.

Ian commented about Cannon Wakefield on Mar 23, 2004 at 3:58 am

Demolition of this former cinema has been approved and will commence in the near future. It will be replaced by a housing / retail scheme and the curved building line will be retained – but not the facade itself.

Ian commented about Palace Cinema on Mar 22, 2004 at 4:12 am

In March 2004 the Ryedale part was dropped from the name and the cinema is now known as the ‘Palace Cinema – Malton’

Ian commented about Harrogate Royal Hall on Mar 4, 2004 at 7:20 am

At the Council meeting on Wednesday (3rd March 2004) a decision on the restoration was deferred pending further studies to see if a partial restoration could save money. This possibly cheaper option however, could result in the Heritage Lottery fund withdrawing or reducing their offer of £6million towards the cost.

In the meantime this beautiful hall remains closed to the public.

Ian commented about Cannon Pontefract on Feb 28, 2004 at 5:00 pm

After a £100,000 refurbishment the Crescent cinema (in the circle area of the former two tier cinema) is due to reopen as a single screen in the very near future. It will have 300 seats and will be operated by Asif Sahil.

Ian commented about Futurist Theatre on Feb 28, 2004 at 4:41 pm

The Futurist has had a short stay of execution with a new operator, Barrie Stead (taking over on a short lease – currently running only to the latter part of 2004).

A new screen, projectors and sound system has been installed (“Lord of the Rings” was awesome on the huge new screen and drew good sized crowds into the cinema for a four or five week season!)

However the local Council are adamant that it has to go – and soon!

Ian commented about Odeon Leeds on Feb 26, 2004 at 3:25 pm

The interior demolition was completed in January 2004 – nothing now remains, other that the side offices and bare four walls of this once grand cine-theatre.

A developer / tenent is still being sought for the space.

Ian commented about Gaiety Picture House on Feb 26, 2004 at 9:53 am

Sadly this fine cinema (a single screen) closed in 2003 due to competition from a small multiplex. The bingo operation continues in the stalls area so in the short term the cinema will be structurally maintained but the long term is now far less secure for this small town gem.

Ian commented about Cannon Hull on Feb 26, 2004 at 9:47 am

As predicted the site has now been cleared (during December / January 2003/4. There will be a new theatre constructed as part of the Ferensway Development which will become the home of Hull Truck Theatre.

I had the opportunity to tour the building before demolition and very surprisingly the poor state of the brickwork as viewed from the outside did not seem to have resulted in ANY interior damage to the auditorium which had been left fully seated and looked almost ready for a screening! The stage was also intact with its full height flytower.

Ian commented about Boston Opera House on Dec 20, 2001 at 12:13 pm

When I visited Boston in March 2000 the Opera House seemed to be under renovation with temporary lights in the foyer and workmen inside. I was told that it had been acquired for theatre use with long running touring shows in mind – such as Phantom of the Opera and Lion King (this was from the manager of the Colonial!). It seems a beautiful building so I hope this true.

Ian commented about Odeon Covent Garden on Dec 20, 2001 at 5:34 am

When it was converted from the Saville the auditorium was virtually gutted to form two cinemas and the same has happened in 2001 when the entire space has been redesigned to form four screens. Now called the Odeon Covent Garden – though this is confusing as the site is not in Covent Garden!