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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)
Have loaded a picture from the ABC Days….
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(
The Group Photo… The Man behind Oscar Deutsch is Andrew Mather.. Who designed The Odeon Leicester Square
Have loaded a very early picture of The Theatre
The Picture I have loaded is not a very good one.. But It might be the only one left….
I have passed the Theatre To-day.. It seems it has now closed.. The Digital Age has killed it Off…
The Theatre was Owned By. The Capitol Cinema at Alum Rock Birmingham
It do’s now…
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..
Hmm.. The wrecking of what was a very fine Art Deco Cinema.
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..
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..
Hmm.. This site is full of Tragic Losses… Alas Replaced by very substandard buildings.. and Cinema lacking The Magic.. Its called Progress
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
@ 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..
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
@ Cravenb Visit Local Library. They should have copies of Local newspapers..
A Special Thanks to Len for the great pics of the Theatre
I have loaded a picture of the Royal Aquarium Theatre that is mentioned in the Profile..
The George Formby Film about Motorcycle racing in the TT was “No Limits”
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
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)
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..
I Understand That The Building is still owned by The “Butterworth” Family