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Mike_Blakemore commented about Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre on Apr 7, 2013 at 9:36 am

There had been plans to show films during the summer months if the Birmingham Council had not purchased the Theatre. Stoll-Moss had plans to do the same at all their Provincial Theatres instead of them being dark during the summer months, as was their custom.. Projection Equipment had also been arranged..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Forum Cinema on Apr 7, 2013 at 6:08 am

Note the use of the serial…

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Scene Cinemas on Apr 1, 2013 at 6:04 am

@ jeffrey Morris. This theatre will not be the last to close due to digital progress. I am now glad I retired from Cinema ownership when I did…

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Aston Hippodrome Theatre on Mar 31, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Forgot to mention this was a press photo taken at the time..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Savoy Theatre on Mar 31, 2013 at 3:30 am

In 2006 The Savoy Became a Grade 2* rated building

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Mike_Blakemore commented about ABC Mansfield on Mar 30, 2013 at 9:42 am

@ andirichardson. There should be some internal. They where taken after the ABC 1960’s ferub.. I have been searching.. I loaned a number of photos out some years ago and they where never returned.. The Cladding would come off. Might have to do repairs to the bolt areas and the front pediment

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Savoy Theatre on Mar 24, 2013 at 3:32 am

This picture was taken after the major 2006 restoration project. Please note there is normally no gap on the curtain stage right..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Left To Right Doug Blakemore, Geoff Allerton, Terry White, Frank Shaw, Cyril Stanway & Peter ????? on Mar 20, 2013 at 12:31 pm

Hmm. That brings back memories.. Did a week plus 2 day management relief There. A fantastic Theatre

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Mike_Blakemore commented about ABC Blackpool on Mar 15, 2013 at 3:55 pm

I remember the First Manager of the of the Facelift Theatre.. Bob Parsons the following one was Frank Chadwick. If my memory is correct..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about ABC Blackpool on Mar 15, 2013 at 3:52 pm

I did cover at the ABC Chester.. when it was moved to our Zone.. I was able to do a Full Theatre Advance Booking. So I got lumbered. Morcombe & Wise Show and an Orcestra Concert.. for the Chester festival.. We at least we worked for the Real ABC company :o)

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Mike_Blakemore commented about ABC Blackpool on Mar 14, 2013 at 4:25 pm

I can see you point.. But under normal practice on this site.. A LEGAL FACT.. ABC Theatre was not a NEW Theatre as such. The 4 Walls of the original theatre, where used in building of the Refurbed theatre.. This apart from cost.. Was a contrivance to legally get round the planning laws. Interior was gutted and old roof removed. New spans where installed on the Original Walls. Exterior got make over.. Internal. Had new steelwork and refit etc etc… One here a great number of theatres have had such a make over.. and not had seperate entires..
I am Ex ABC and knew members of the design team and even met Jack Foster) As I was interested in design. He explained what work was done..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Her Majesty's Theatre on Mar 13, 2013 at 3:46 am

The ABC Savoys Original Name was going to be “The New Her Majesty’s Theatre” But being a super Modern Theatre decided on “The Savoy” The Company that built the Theatre was “The Walsall Theatre Company” The Managing Director was W. Westwood. with his son and George Blakemore as Directors Pictures of these can be seen on The Palace cinema Walsall, which was one of their Theatres

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Fairfield Halls on Mar 13, 2013 at 3:40 am

I remember seing on Television. There Screen and Tabs (In The Main Hall) rise up from underneath the stage in a 1 piece unit… anybody got a picture of this unit ??

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Waldorf Cinema on Mar 12, 2013 at 2:47 pm

I knew One of the families well They had a small supermarket on the Alum Rock near Our Cinema. I visited with then regular. The Theatre Was Spotless always..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Pavilion Theatre on Feb 28, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Hmm Another building ruined by Hermans Gorings Boys..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Rookery Picture House on Feb 28, 2013 at 8:09 am

I have a Line drawing of the frontage and a better Picture somewhere. which I will put on when i find them

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Majestic Cinema on Feb 27, 2013 at 11:21 am

AT LAST…. Found It.. Interior picture of theatre found.. Have done my best I can for clarity..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Kinema Theatre on Feb 27, 2013 at 11:13 am

For the life of me I cannot see the picture of the Theatre… Answers please :o) my eye sight is getting bad..

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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