Comments from Mike_Blakemore

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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

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Savoy Cinema on Jun 10, 2013 at 10:26 am

I have put on a Picture Showing the Major Refurbishment.. Done by Modernisation Ltd., the company headed By John Friese-Greene.. Grandson of William Friese-Green..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Prince's Theatre on Jun 4, 2013 at 2:25 am

In Wolverhampton in the UK. There is a very fine example of C J Phipps work “The Grand Theatre” Most of the original design is intact..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Davenport Cinema on May 30, 2013 at 9:32 am

I had a purchased a number of seats from this Theatre when it closed, for the Savoy Theatre Monmouth. We used these until we had enough funds to have brand new one..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Focus Cinema on May 30, 2013 at 4:18 am

Hi Gogsy In 1996 I had a minor stroke names I get mixed up.. We dealt with a Peter.. I think his nickname was kipper (Behind his back) plus Mangers and Projectionist at sites We supplied Focus. Appolo..Hutchinson.. Star.. Classic.. Even did Emergency repairs for Rank at Birmingham.. I got given a hugh amount of Pictures when I was younger.. and met the Big names in Cinema.. They where always very helpful.. when I praised the cinemas That they had built.. There lies tales.. Hmm.. These people that drop names get on my nerves. as I said to the Queen the other Day :o)

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Mike_Blakemore commented about ABC Walham Green on May 25, 2013 at 11:28 am

@ Bill Gibbs Hmm.. I remember when we played Purple Rain at Our cinema 2 reels had the wrong leaders and tails on.. The Film Played Sunday and was noticed by a customer on the Thursday night… Nobody else noticed. Friday morning it was corrected.. We traced the effending Circuit Cinema that played it before us and Complained ( I must add “Purple Rains was a very odd film anyway..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about ABC Putney on May 23, 2013 at 10:37 am

Hmm The 1975 interior shot looks like a Moorebird Ltd., (I am trying t be kind in my comment) Load of **** They did for interiors what “Herod” did for Childcare.. In that period they where EMI flavour of the month. (CHEAP)

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Pier Pavilion Theatre on May 20, 2013 at 11:00 am

Hutchinson Leisure Ltd., was the last company to show films for the summer season before they took over the Savoy.. Projection Equipment was Ross GC3 Picture mechs. RCA sound.. and I think they had BTH Zenons

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Pier Pavilion Theatre on May 20, 2013 at 10:54 am

Notice the Chappell & Co Wagon.. They where the major piano dealers and the Countrys Biggest Music Publishers..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Savoy Cinema on May 20, 2013 at 5:08 am

Those pictures of the Projection boxes reminded me of our projection equipment at the ABC I was at. We had Philips DP75s Cakestand.. Morganite conversion and those nasty Milbank amps Hmm The automation I think was Gretton-Ward.. All those Fantastic Theatres wreaked by progress.. When I worked for ABC I did Relief Management at 30 plus Cinemas and only 3 I think are still open .. Run by independents..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Plaza Cinema on May 20, 2013 at 4:56 am

The Hippodrome did not show films alas. Its a very fine building.. If it was saved it is the best designed theatre in the Midlands…

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Focus Cinema on May 20, 2013 at 4:50 am

Hi Gogsy… I had the picture from someone at Focus that I worked with, at ABC years previously. Was involved with supplying spare parts for Projectors etc. etc.. to Focus.. Brent Walker That was over 30 years ago… Thanks for making me feel old…

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Mike_Blakemore commented about ABC Mansfield on May 18, 2013 at 1:03 pm

@ andirichardson.. Those pics bought back memories.. When I did Relief Management there. I had to go on the stage to go to the Managers Flat to collect the theatre keys. The Stage Tabs when I was there was a proper Theatre flying set.. and The Drenchers.. The Lighting bars where still in place..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about ABC Edinburgh on May 12, 2013 at 9:08 am

Mike_Blakemore on May 12, 2013 at 5:04 pm (remove) So.. Right.. Fanatical— Odeon… From when I started with ABC and finished being an Independent Circuit Director. I Expected and gave Presentation. to almost All Programmes. Inc of an Overture inc a suitable colour on the Tabs to set the mood.. Turning the sound up on Trademarks and screems Hmm.. The Bang of the Gong.. The Fox Fanfair.. The Roar of the Lion.. The Multiplex management are only interested in Coke and Popcorn sales. Cinema has lost “The Magic”

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Coliseum Cinema on May 2, 2013 at 9:08 am

Hmm. There is no choice, by the end of this year no more 35mm… They must have digital.. The are current problems in getting prints of films.. Mind you have always been told that there is a shortage of prints.. Thankfully I have retired.. and I have not got the worry of finding the money to do it….

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Glynn Cinema on May 1, 2013 at 4:13 am

That is a great picture find

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Palace Theatre on Apr 27, 2013 at 7:45 am

I have found an early picture of the interior

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Scene Cinemas on Apr 24, 2013 at 10:47 am

It was sad Our Family had Cinema and Theatre interests since 1900 till I retired in 2007. I handed the last theatre over to a Trust..