Comments from Mike_Blakemore

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Odeon Walsall on Feb 24, 2013 at 4:54 am

The Tesco Supermarket is closed.. and awaiting the Co-operative Supermarket and Primark to move on to the site

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Circus and Hippodrome on Feb 22, 2013 at 11:35 am

This Cinema was used as a backdrop of a Chanel 4 Programme 20 or so years ago..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about New Coliseum Cinema on Feb 20, 2013 at 4:36 am

A Reminder.. Cinemascope Films could only be shown in Cinema Authorised by (20th Century Fox) As it was their Trademark… In the early days the sound was in 4 Track Mag. ABC and the others did a kind of Scope minus 4 Track.. to get around the situation. In most cases ABC also installed festoon Curtains and installed the screen as close to the front as possible. A number of ABC sites and Independants where budget allowed got Modernisation Ltd., to build New Larger Pros outside the small one.. The Original Cinemas Equipt with Cinemascope was Granada.. Essoldo.. and the leading Independant in a Town.. Rank would not invest in Cinemascope until later… When this happened 20th Century Fox then did the dirty and moved to scope release back to Rank except where there was no Rank Cinema in a town..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Odeon Worthing on Feb 19, 2013 at 2:20 pm

When The Cinema Opened as where most Odeons was set up as a separate company with its own set of shareholders, balance sheets and dividends only unified later by the J. Arthur Ranks take over.. Then there was Odeon Circuit Management was set up to administer them..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Odeon Cinema Worthing on Feb 19, 2013 at 2:09 pm

The Picture Impression from the Share Prospectus

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Palace Cinema on Feb 14, 2013 at 4:57 am

It was because of this Cinema.. and “The Palace Walsall Wood” I did not use the old name of the Savoy Monmouth… when re-opening it..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Aston Hippodrome Theatre on Feb 9, 2013 at 11:52 am

Hi Robbie.. I have another one to put on. and I have a press picture of Laurel & Hardy. When I am in the mood I will be doing a item on “The Butterworth Circuit” It should have never been knocked dowm. The replacement building __________

Laurel & Hardy

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Old Vic Theatre on Feb 8, 2013 at 4:09 am

@ tinseltoes… Lilian Bayliss Who was noted for being careful with money. Even known to charge actors to act on her stage. (My type of woman) To Balance her books.. BY Showing films during her time.. She Kept the Theatre Open.. Lilian Bayliss Stories… She used to do her office work in one of the boxes during performances even typing, which drove actors mad.. Just before the end of the play she would start cooking food for the cast on a gas ring in prompt corner.. (My Drama teacher worked for her)
British Theatre have a massive debt to her.. Her Opera company based at “The Wells” became “The English National Opera” “Sadlers Wells Ballet” became the “The Royal ballet” “The Old Vic company” Became the National Theatre" She was a remarkable woman..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Showcase Cinemas Birmingham on Feb 6, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Well. When driving by. Plenty of space in the Carpark..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Showcase Cinemas Birmingham on Feb 5, 2013 at 2:03 pm

As I was The General Manager of the Local Independent Cinema “The Capitol” that was forced to close due to this cinema. I am over the moon. “KAMA”

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Mike_Blakemore commented about His Majesty's Theatre on Jan 27, 2013 at 6:10 pm

A Theatre is not complete without its Ghost… :o)

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Electric Theatre-Cinema on Jan 24, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Hmm I thought I’d beaten Ken with this… Drat and double Drat….

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Mike_Blakemore commented about ABC New Street on Jan 20, 2013 at 11:37 am

Hi Carl.. I have a group picture of Projectionists when they won best box Containing I think George Mottram, Larry Freeman.. Dennis Thomas.. and John Constable when I find it. I have put it somewhere safe.. When I find it I shall put it on.. I met George when he visited Theatre after retirement around late 1974, While I was Assistant Manager to Jonny Simmons

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Empire Picture Palace on Jan 17, 2013 at 9:21 am

Post Script. That is how I ended up with most of the pics… I have put on here.. plus ABc’s Head office visits :o)

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Empire Picture Palace on Jan 17, 2013 at 9:18 am

Was In Birmingham. Capitol and Plaza Stockand Green.. and the last one.. Savoy Theatre Monmouth… Monmouth I retired 2007 Family had Theatre – Cinema Interests from 1890’s onwards.. Based in Walsall..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Empire Picture Palace on Jan 16, 2013 at 10:39 am

I seen the interior of Cinema After the Arrest of Peter Moore.. I had the Job of retrieving all the Film Prints for the film renters from all of MOORES cinemas. All it need was a Westrex Tower and it could have opened.. But I think it would have been a total waste of time doing so… I had considered Holyhead but this was to g=far from my other Cinema Interests

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Empire Picture Palace on Jan 15, 2013 at 12:56 pm

I have loaded a picture of the Empire showing the overhanging Projection Box

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Mike_Blakemore commented about ABC Derby on Jan 14, 2013 at 4:56 am

In the 1970’s I did the Winter Relief there while the Manager was on holiday..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Odeon Leicester Square on Jan 13, 2013 at 12:04 pm

@ HowardBHass… And So It should…….. Even though I am ex ABC……….

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Palace Cinema on Jan 11, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Hmm.. I know those Projectors… They had been in my stores. Is John Angel still involved..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Odeon Marble Arch on Dec 25, 2012 at 3:34 am

@ Tinseltoes See Pictures of Her Maj …

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Regal Cinema on Dec 17, 2012 at 8:42 am

Under the current Act of Parliment there needs only to be one entrance into the Projection Box.. Providing the Cinema do’s not show a nitrate print.. I had a Disagreement with a Birmingham Fire Officer over this point. So I got the Home Office Technical man up to deal with it.. The Fire office told him he was wrong.. Great Fun happened.. Fun to watch.. Fire officer left with is tail between his legs :o)

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Regal Cinema on Dec 16, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Hmm The week before I had a nice sunny day for taking my pic :o)

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Regal Cinema on Dec 16, 2012 at 2:46 pm

It is just a fire escape. Main entrance to the Projection Box is internal..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Picturedrome on Dec 9, 2012 at 6:44 pm

Have load an early Picture of the Theatre