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Above exterior photo now rescanned and reposted – the link is still valid.
A photo from 1989 here
Yes I took the photos. The exterior is a none-too-great scan of a photograph taken on an Olympus OM40 – I’ll stick it on the list of images to replace with a better scan taken from the negative!
A photo from 2012 here :–
WASHINGTON CINEMA EXTERIOR
A pre-restoration photo from 2012 here:–
PENARTH PIER PAVILION
A photo from 1998
And a photo which I had labelled as 2000, but maybe 2002 as detailed above, of some surviving decoration in the balcony. Taken during the early stages of the demolition.
Photo of the former Grand, operating as a bingo hall in 1984 (approx) here:–
The facade has been trimmed at the top and the entrance filled in with a nasty shop-front.
Another view here:–
No. I made a similar mistake in identification on a photo in my flickr stream and got (quite rightly) pulled up! There was also a third cinema (the Savoy) in the same street. The Cosy is – somewhat mystifyingly – uncertain as to when it opened. This is obviously an old, possibly 1930’s, photo yet the Cosy is not in any KYB that I have until 1954. Yet it is clearly (once you know) separate from the Kinema next door.
I sadly have dodgy eyesight and an increasingly dodgier memory!!!!
The Cosy was still listed in the 1954 KYB. Then it was operated by Vin Lockey of Withernsea and had 280 seats.
There are actually two cinemas in this picture, next door to one another. The Cosy is the nearer one entered through what appears to be an earlier terraced property with a bay window above the canopy. The Kinema is beyond in a more traditional style of cinema architecture, and it is this building which is the amusement arcade today.
The Kinema had 666 seats (KYB 1940) in stalls and balcony.
A more recent photo here:
The very damaged remains of the building are still there, awaiting some form of restoration.
Interior photos from July 2013 here:–
Some recent exteriors – including the side revealed by demolition of buildings on Seven Sisters Road – July 2013
STAGE & DRESSING ROOMS
The Coronet is now threatened with development, despite operating successfully. The adjacent Shopping Centre is likely to be rebuilt and wants to include the theatre site in the redevelopment. Photos from July 2013 here:–
AUDITORIUM FROM STAGE
AUDITORIUM FROM BALCONY
Now in use as a storage facility (July 2013). Worryingly the interior was said to be stripped and re-plastered.
DETAIL OF ARCH
CLOSE-UP OF FACE
Photos from July 2013 here
FORMER STALLS BAR
MAIN SCREEN TOWARDS REAR
MAIN SCREEN TOWARDS FRONT
A photo from circa 1974 here:–
A scanned slide of the theatre taken around 1979 – some work seems to be being done to the façade.
WHITE ROCK PAVILION
“ .. the brick exterior was rather plain”
Masterful understatement Ken!
Photographed circa 1990 as the Bejam supermarket.
The Theatre Royal had a foyer extension built in 1967, designed by Patrick Gwynne, in a starkly modern yet complimentary style to the Gothic theatre. It is located behind what appeared to be a garage on the left of the photo above, whilst the ground floor has been opened up and is part of the pedestrian thoroughfare of St Leonard’s Place. More recently a studio theatre was added.
THEATRE ROYAL FOYER
The Theatre Royal is grade 2* listed.
Current auditorium view here:–
THEATRE ROYAL AUDITORIUM
Some photos from 1993 here:–
AUDITORIUM & STAGE
AUDITORIUM SIDE BOXES
In 2013 the building is still derelict.
It was Club Ice when the google imaging vehicle went past – it is Saint’s Bar now (2013).
Photo from June 2013 here:–
REGAL ST IVES