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Ian
Ian commented about ABC Blackpool on Dec 7, 2012 at 9:26 am

The Syndicate closed circa 2010 and the building in 2012 is unused and for sale.

Ian
Ian commented about Hollywood Cinema on Nov 2, 2012 at 9:31 am

Two shots of the Hollywood Cinema in 2003:–

REAR EXTERIOR FORMER LITTLE THEATRE SCREEN

Ian
Ian commented about Hollywood Cinemas on Nov 2, 2012 at 9:28 am

Interior shot of the largest auditorium in January 2003:–

HOLLYWOOD CINEMA

Ian
Ian commented about Odeon West End on Oct 31, 2012 at 9:22 am

Two interior photos from 2008 :–

SCREEN 1 – FORMER BALCONY

UPPER FOYER

Ian
Ian commented about Empire Picture Playhouse on Oct 31, 2012 at 9:11 am

Two more interior photos from 2003:–

CEILING

BALCONY

Seems there is a chance that the Empire might be restored in the near future, use uncertain.

Ian
Ian commented about Cine Capitol on Oct 30, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Photo of the Capitol in 2003.

FAÇADE

Ian
Ian commented about Majestic Cinema on Oct 29, 2012 at 9:25 am

The former Majestic has now been converted to – at the time of writing – unlet retail space with a possible separate live music venue in the basement. Most surviving internal features have been retained but additional windows have been punched through at ground floor level. Two photos from October 2012.

MAJESTIC CINEMA

MAJESTIC CINEMA

PS – can the name of this entry be changed back to Majestic now please?

Ian
Ian commented about Albert Theatre on Oct 20, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Some photos from 2007 after closure but before alterations:–

EXTERIOR

REAR STALLS

PROSCENIUM

SIDE WALL DECOR

Ian
Ian commented about Odeon Camden Town on Oct 18, 2012 at 8:47 am

It has been split into (I think) four auditoria, with the 5th in the former Regency space.

Ian
Ian commented about Cannon Lincoln on Oct 3, 2012 at 9:31 am

Two interior shots from 1987 here:–

BALCONY TO REAR

SCREEN TABS

Ian
Ian commented about ABC Dunstable on Sep 1, 2012 at 11:46 am

Not really registered before, but I have just noticed how the upright Union name hides the deco bas-relief panel above the central window. I assume that the two uploaded photos are fairly close to opening, judging from the traffic, so it is strange that a key part of the façade should be hidden, either from the start or very soon after.

Ian
Ian commented about Picture House on Aug 31, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Two photos of the Picture House here from 1990:–

PICTURE HOUSE

PICTURE HOUSE

Ian
Ian commented about Empire Cinema on Aug 30, 2012 at 8:25 am

Some photos dating from 1990.

EXTERIOR

FOYER

SCREEN IN FORMER CIRCLE

SCREEN IN FORMER FRONT STALLS

Ian
Ian commented about Odeon Watford on Aug 21, 2012 at 8:20 pm

That is the one Mike. This was probably the best of Watfords cinemas, judging from photographs, as I never actually went in here.

I do remember going around Caters Supermarket which replaced it though!

Ian
Ian commented about Palace Theatre on Aug 6, 2012 at 9:03 am

1991 photo of ornate interior here:–

PALACE THEATRE BOXES

Ian
Ian commented about Reel Cinema on Aug 6, 2012 at 8:57 am

Exterior shot of the Reel (under the Cannon banner) in 1991:–

PLYMOUTH CANNON

Ian
Ian commented about Drake Odeon on Aug 6, 2012 at 8:54 am

Yes Simon, the Gaumont still stands.

Two recently found photos of the interior of the Drake here, both date from 1991.

DRAKE SCREEN CURTAINS

DRAKE AUDITORIUM TO REAR

Ian
Ian commented about Futurist Theatre on Aug 2, 2012 at 8:54 am

Some more photos – taken shortly before the Council meet to decide the fate of the Cinema in August 2012 – largely of areas never seen by the public.

AUDITORIUM PANORAMA

1950’s LIGHTING BOARD

ROOF VOID OVER DOME

ROOF VOID OVER BALCONY

Ian
Ian commented about Odeon Luton on Aug 1, 2012 at 8:44 am

Some 2012 photos here:–

FULL EXTERIOR

ENTRANCE EXTERIOR

AUDITORIUM FROM BALCONY

AUDITORIUM TO REAR

Ian
Ian commented about Electric Picture House on Jul 31, 2012 at 7:31 pm

Photo here:–

ELECTRIC THEATRE

Ian
Ian commented about Noel Coward Theatre on Jul 31, 2012 at 9:33 am

Two views of the Noel Coward:–

EXTERIOR in 2012

AUDITORIUM in 2006

Ian
Ian commented about Palace Theatre on Jul 31, 2012 at 9:26 am

Some photos of the former theatre here (taken July 2012):–

FAÇADE

GALLERY

AUDITORIUM FROM STAGE

AUDITORIUM SIDE VIEW

AUDITORIUM STAGE VIEW

Ian
Ian commented about Plaza Cinema on Jul 19, 2012 at 7:45 pm

A 1991 view of the former Plaza, looking like Bingo had recently closed.

PLAZA CINEMA

Ian
Ian commented about County Cinema on Jul 19, 2012 at 7:33 pm

I have not been able to find the closing date of the Stardust Bingo, but I suspect it was nearer 2010 than the start of the decade. There are an amazing number of businesses operating within the block, presumably below the auditorium, which perhaps bodes well for its survival. The entrance (behind the shutters), for such a large building, seems to have been surprisingly muted and on a minor road. The corner block, pictured here in 2012, was seemingly not part of the cinema behind.

County Cinema

Ian
Ian commented about London Hippodrome Theatre on Jul 16, 2012 at 10:34 am

More recent photos of the restoration process in this set:– HIPPODROME RESTORATION