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Still derelict in October 2011 – traces of the New Victoria lettering can be seen on the façade
Seen in October 2011
The Gap store moved in 2011 and the building has been “refurbished” and awaiting a new tenant. All traces of the interior of the cinema have been stripped with the exception of a fragment of plaster dado on a former staircase on a side wall.
A photo with scaffolding:–
WEST END CINEMA
Some photos from 2004:–
AUDITORIUM FROM STAGE
AUDITORIUM TOWARDS STAGE
Photo’s of the ABC / Cannon as a cinema in 1989:–
ORIGINAL PROSCENIUM ARCH and STAGE
I think the circle was kept as a single unit, the No 2 screen being located elsewhere (cafe perhaps?)
Two shots of the Spanish City Theatre / Carlton Bingo from 2009:–
BARREL VAULTED CEILING AND BALCONY
Photos of the Filmhouse from October 2011
MAIN AUDITORIUM TO REAR
MAIN AUDITORIUM TO SCREEN
Photos of the superb Alhambra Theatre taken in October 2011:–
EXTERIOR WITH NEWLY RESTORED SIGN
CIRCLE BOX OFFICE
STALLS CIRCLE AND BOXES
I think the final paragraph in the main description about being on the Buildings at Risk register needs amending.
Photos of the Cameo from 2011:–
NO.3 SCREEN AUDITORIUM
MAIN SCREEN AUDITORIUM
The Picture House (Caley) is in good condition and functions as a 1,500 capacity live music venue. This is mainly standing, but the front five rows of the balcony are padded bench seating. Photos from October 2011 below.
AUDITORIUM ACROSS STAGE
AUDITORIUM TOWARDS REAR
The seating capacities are much reduced from the figures above (and I think the 1972 capacities are the wring way around – the smaller cinema was the rear stalls one). The Dominion is still going strong in 2011 as the photos below show.
REAR OF SCREEN 1
SCREEN 1 TOWARDS REAR
SCREEN 1 TOWARDS SCREEN
Update – just discovered the location on Streetview and corrected the image. Has the stage been demolished?
The Politeama does not, I think, adjoin the Olympia – the former Condes is back to back with the Olympia. I have tried to correct the streetview picture above but I think that the Politeama is in the pedestrianised area and not visible on the Google site.
But it was over 20 years ago that I was last in Lisbon!
The Olympia was directly behind the Condes, not across the street.
Two photos of the Tivoli in 1985 – the theatre is hidden from view on Streetview above.
Photo from 1985 here
1985 photos here:–
EDEN TEATRO DETAIL
EDEN TEATRO FAÇADE
Photo from 1985 here:–
Unusually permission was granted this week (during the run of a stage play (The Calendar Girls) to take some pre-show photos of the the theatre with an audience – so for a view of what it is like in full use …
AUDITORIUM TOWARD STAGE
I am not sure, but I think the building is still there – the redevelopment delayed.
A photo of the Empire in use as a children’s' day nursery in 1986.
September 2011 photo
At some point the auditorium was horizontally sub-divided with the theatre / cinema operating from the former balcony and the stage above the front stalls area as this picture shows:–
I believe at this point that films were still possible using the old (the one sticking out of the façade) projection room.
The rear stalls became, I think a bar and the front stalls a cafe.
The cinema/theatre entrance at this point was around the corner in Tyldesley Road through a former balcony exit stairwell, with the bar accessed from Rigby Road. A photo from circa 1992 here:–
EXTERIOR AS A CINEMA
Following a few years of closure a new restaurant is opening later in 2011, and the building is being extensively restored again. Current images here:–
DETAIL OF PROSCENIUM