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Have placed an early picture of the Facade.. Which shows it was far higher then it is to-day
@ ritzman. Thats a Good and Bad picture of the demoilition.. If you see what I mean..
An Historical Note.. Notice the “Air Raid Siren” to the right of the Cinema.
UpDate. J.D. Wetherspoons have granting Change of Use… To a Pub.. The Interior of the Cinema alas got damaged during the long years of dereliction. Nothing remains.. So anything They do is an improvement..
Thanks to HJHill for the photo..
Our Associtaed company.. The Clifton Cinema (Ludlow)Limited. They had a big problem when building the cinema. They could not raise all the finance needed.. If You notice the odd frontage. They just chopped off the right hand side of the frontage. The Projection Beams came from the corner of the Cinema.. The apperture plates where unusual to cope with the keystone…
In 1961.. The Theatre was taken over by The B.T. Davis Circuit based in Birmingham. Rank for some reason had removed the GB Kalee Equipment.. The BTH came from a Clifton Cinema that had closed around that time.. This was intended only to be a short term measure. This was bought as a Job Lot of Cinemas BT had bought off Rank which included Chepstow.. Lydney.. Cinderford and Monmouth, Monmouth (Savoy) is still owned by B T Davis Daughter and Grand Children
The Shell of the Old Palace Cinema had now been demolished
Hmm. I’m an Ex ABC man From the Sir Philip Walter era. When ABC was at it best…
Hmm. Just a Thought.. an odd piece of Trivia. The Freehold of the Odeon New Street is owned by Oscar Deutsch’s old school “King Edward Grammar”
@ Michael Brent. You are right.. I forgot to mention that.. Age….
Hmm.. Vue as a Theatre name. It do’s not sound right. Nearly as bad as “Cannon”
Dave is right. The Fred Butterfield achives also noted it would have cost £125,000 to do a rebuild.. The Family Still own and have maintained to a very high standard 2 theatres The Richmond and the Boscombe Hippodrome.. As an Independant Theatre & Cinema Owner myself. I must admire for trying to keep his circuit going as long as he did…
The Last Owners of the theatre was “The F. J. Butterworth Circuit”
@ Davethehistorian I remember my Nan went as part of a works outing. And she was known for turning up at the last performances of Theatre and Cinemas before they burned down. She missed the Last show of the Odeon Walsall by a Fluke I had a bad cold,. I cut out a picture in the Express and Star to put on the Schools news board at the time. Will have to do some more research on the Theatre
Yes Steve… You are right.. they where BTH Supers.. you receive 10 points ;o) That side of the Clifton Chain where re-known for being cold…
Oscar Deutch only leased the Theatre off the Collins Family Not purchased by Rank until the 1947 period when they set out to clear up the Odeon mess of the 300 companies involved…
The J. D. Wetherspoon chain have lodged plans for conversion into a Pub…
There are only snipits in Youtube.. I had to open my wallet and buy it on ebay.. :o)
The Building was designed by Harold Seymour Scott
The Brichfield had a major facelift for Cinemascope carried out by “Modernisation Ltd.,”
@ Peter. Les Castree is Still Alive and appears on the Vd called “The Last Projectionist” The Chap in the Van was Rodney Ballard..
The Checking of Staff every day was the norm for All Circuit Cinemas.. even the Clifton Circuit. Leslie Holderness ended up working for the Clifton Group as a Supervisor..
The Entrance of the Grainger Cinema was to the right of The FAS Stores..
“Billy Fury” Started his Career here… The supporting act did not turn up.. He had asked to see the Promoter to see if he could get future work.. He was auditioned in one of the Exits.. Hmm Ended up n stage that very night.. and the rest is history..
@ Terry. I am ex ABC (Started in Sir Phillip Walters time..) I agree with you.. “Cannon” the worst name in Cinema..
@ Sisu. (The DB 70 was an extremely heavy piece of Kit which was a pain in the neck to move around. I was involved with the removal of the Gaumont Birmingham’s) I did 68 till 1974 with ABC… Then went Independant. then BT Davis’s General Manager and shareholder. This was part of “Theatre Administration Ltd., which had the Cinemas in Leamington and around another 20 Theatres around the country.. I was involved in dealing in Projection equipment on the side :o) My Last Theatre was Savoy Monmouth retiring 2007 Hmm 39 years.. Paid years.. Family involved in owning theatres from 1880..