Comments from Mike_Blakemore

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Focus Cinema on Sep 21, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Hi DBage.. My Basic stamping ground was the Midland Zone of ABC… Then in my Independant Days I was based in Birmingham.. I was also involved with a Cinema Equipment Supplier That covered most on the country… Inc Brent Walker Cinema… :o)

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Gala Pavilion Cinema on Sep 3, 2013 at 3:58 am

Have loaded a picture from the ABC Days….

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Empire Cinema on Aug 26, 2013 at 3:32 am

With Getting rid of Spectacular Auditoriums.. There is little point in watching a Major Film in an “Airing Cupboard” Hmm I find watching Films at home on my 7" screen (LCD projection system)has as much impact.. To-days Cinema Owners have just lost the plot.. Alas gone of they days of “Showman Management” Now they are Sweetshops that just happen to show films out the back…. Progress ALL RUN BY LITTLE MEN… :O(

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Odeon Leicester Square on Aug 21, 2013 at 3:53 am

The Group Photo… The Man behind Oscar Deutsch is Andrew Mather.. Who designed The Odeon Leicester Square

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Tower Cinema on Aug 19, 2013 at 10:06 am

Have loaded a very early picture of The Theatre

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Theatre de Luxe on Aug 14, 2013 at 9:13 am

The Picture I have loaded is not a very good one.. But It might be the only one left….

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Pola Cinema on Aug 13, 2013 at 11:36 am

I have passed the Theatre To-day.. It seems it has now closed.. The Digital Age has killed it Off…

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Tivoli Cinema on Aug 7, 2013 at 10:56 am

The Theatre was Owned By. The Capitol Cinema at Alum Rock Birmingham

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Regent Cinema on Aug 7, 2013 at 1:44 am

It do’s now…

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Loyal volunteers make major site contribution on Jul 27, 2013 at 5:01 am

So Right.. I have provided “Ken Roe” with some very difficult Challenges.. His Detective work sometimes even surpises me.. Mind you.. in the UK we still have over 1,000 missing cinemas to find..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Avion Super Cinema on Jul 26, 2013 at 8:03 am

Hmm.. The wrecking of what was a very fine Art Deco Cinema.

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Avion Super Cinema on Jul 26, 2013 at 2:25 am

The Stage house seems to have been demolished. The very fine Ronald Satchwell Art Deco interior was totaly destoryed. I live not far from this theatre..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Atlas Cinema on Jul 26, 2013 at 2:19 am

You are right it had a typical Satchwell and Roberts feel.. Down the Road from this Cinema. Our Capitol Cinema and the Tivoli Yardley. we employed another Architect to do the Exterior of the other wise a (S&R) cinema.. I was never given the answer to why..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Astra Entertainment Centre on Jul 25, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Hmm.. This site is full of Tragic Losses… Alas Replaced by very substandard buildings.. and Cinema lacking The Magic.. Its called Progress

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Era Cinema on Jul 23, 2013 at 8:35 am

It is known as Bordesley Green… There is nothing left of the Building. I had the Capitol at Alum Rock so knew the site.. a frew yards to the right of the building is or was a Snooker hall

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Capitol Cinema on Jul 19, 2013 at 6:51 am

@ Jaiom.. My advice.after 39 years in the business.. for what it worth Advoid 35mm Format Projection will finish completely the end 2013 RFrom my memory of Small Heath. You have no Chance Best place to re-open is The Clifton Great Barr.. This would make a good proportioned 5 screen Cinema..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Marina Theatre on Jul 11, 2013 at 1:23 am

Thanks Marina 2 for the new pictures.. Bought back memories of the Holiday Reliefs (While the Manager was on Holiday) I did there.. In the 1970’s

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Astoria Cinema on Jul 7, 2013 at 10:56 am

@ Cravenb Visit Local Library. They should have copies of Local newspapers..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about King's Theatre on Jul 2, 2013 at 4:11 pm

A Special Thanks to Len for the great pics of the Theatre

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Essoldo Canning Town on Jul 1, 2013 at 7:30 am

I have loaded a picture of the Royal Aquarium Theatre that is mentioned in the Profile..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Regent Cinema on Jun 30, 2013 at 3:07 am

The George Formby Film about Motorcycle racing in the TT was “No Limits”

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Odeon Corby on Jun 25, 2013 at 2:51 am

Some 20 years ago I searched the country for Cinemas to take over… with difficulty.. (for Cinema use) How times have changed.. Now I am to old.. and wise.. alas

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Wetherby Film Theatre on Jun 21, 2013 at 8:58 am

A Piece of Cinema Trivia. “Rodney Cinema” is named after a son of Walter Eckart. the owner of Star Cinema.. Rodney and his Brother (Who at the moment I cannot remember his name) Took over the Star Group)

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Regal Cinema on Jun 16, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Up until Bob Sankey The Freehold of the Theatre was owned by Essoldo.. (as was the Savoy Statford ABC Purchased the Freehold as they owned the Headlease and sold the Freehold to Bob Sankey.. I remember on one of my visits to see Bob Sankey he was moaning having to pay more then he thought he should.. On one friday night Bingo session someone dared to win the Jackpot.. He used to put a scowl on his face when he handed the cheque over.. The Players enjoyed seing his Face.. But it was a sham.. It did not bother him :o) Peter Lea is right about the Simplex Projectors..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about O2 Academy Bournemouth on Jun 16, 2013 at 12:22 pm

I Understand That The Building is still owned by The “Butterworth” Family