Comments from Mike_Blakemore

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Capitol Cinema on Jan 6, 2016 at 1:24 am

Yes I was the Company General manager and I managed the Theatre.

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Capitol Cinema on Dec 30, 2015 at 10:25 am

Hi Donna Did he come from hadswort ? and have a brummi accent

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Focus Cinema on Dec 19, 2015 at 11:05 am

If my memory is right Peter Macrae was assistant Manager at the ABC New Street Birmingham before me..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Neon Newport on Dec 14, 2015 at 4:18 am

This Cinema was not built for Odeon Theatre Ltd., which was purely a Management company .. It was the Odeon Theatre (Newport)Ltd., and had 50 Shareholders With Oscar and Lilly having 100 shares each.. As was all built Odeons ..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Imperial Cinema on Dec 9, 2015 at 6:54 pm

Correction This frontage was Hickton and Farmer and not Robinson will be doing a correction and repairing the picture

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Palace Cinema on Dec 1, 2015 at 5:18 pm

The Current main picture of the Palace.. The two gentlemen in the Homburg Hats are the Westwood’s and the Man in the Top Hat is George Blakemore. They where Directors of “The Walsall Theatre Company”

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Mike_Blakemore commented about King's Cinema on Nov 24, 2015 at 3:56 am

PS Keep up the Good work David

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Mike_Blakemore commented about King's Cinema on Nov 24, 2015 at 3:53 am

SVCT Belonged to John Maxwell and was the precursor to BIP then ABPC.. (ABC Cinemas Ltd.,)

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Mike_Blakemore commented about ABC Stirchley on Oct 21, 2015 at 1:37 pm

Hi Sam I hate to say this But there may be only Eddie Hopkins who was an assistant manager alive who lives in West Bromwich I believe ..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Era Cinema on Sep 24, 2015 at 10:17 am

@ quellaverde Yes you are right. Age… We used to own the Green Lane cinema as well

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Odeon Aylesbury on Sep 3, 2015 at 9:13 am

A Listed Building status alas is not worth the paper its written on. They soon find away round it. Only Grade 1 or 2plus a star has a chance..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about End of ABC Woolwich on Aug 13, 2015 at 9:18 am

A Very Sad Site.

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Odeon Cinema Perry Barr on Jul 13, 2015 at 6:44 pm

Reminder. This was the first Odeon. in the UK

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Regal Cinema on Jul 10, 2015 at 8:39 am

@ curmudgeon How about the Avion Aldridge designed by Roland Satchwell He conceived the Odeon Look with Cecil Clavering

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Elite Picture House on Jul 8, 2015 at 11:14 am

@ Davi1152… They probably would be made by William Turner of Northfield Birmingham. If You send me a picture of the seats I could possibly tell what they are. .co.uk

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Rex Cinema on Jul 6, 2015 at 4:10 pm

A good set of pictures Terry….

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Cannon Newcastle upon Tyne on Jul 5, 2015 at 3:55 am

Sol Sheckman … of Essoldo normally was tight with his spending on the Cinemas. But this one he did spend money with out argument… Hmm There are many tales about him.. But then again I am one to talk… :o)

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Mike_Blakemore commented about City Picture House on Jul 3, 2015 at 12:11 pm

I have put this picture its not good but is a fragment of History.

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Odeon Prestwich on Jun 29, 2015 at 2:30 am

@ HJHill Thanks for taking the trouble… :o)

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Gene on Jun 26, 2015 at 12:57 pm

J. Frank Blockliss was a British Company. They where shareholders in Our Company.. Most Peerless in the Country where made by Kelvin Beard and Bottomed.. They also made Prestige Kitchen Equipment

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square on Jun 12, 2015 at 3:31 am

In answer to CF100. In law. It is practice when building or doing major alterations to theatres. there has to be a supervising architect.. not necessary the one that designed it. Its this that causes the problem of attribution of who designed the theatre. I have had a number of disagreements with armchair and local historians on the theatres we have had built or have been involved with..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square on Jun 1, 2015 at 9:49 am

My Last Theatre incidentally is still running Having had a complete refurbishment including a new roof floors seating stage rig tabs.. black box. sound complete and redecoration before I retired .. I changed it back to my families original starting point. a live theatre that also shows films before handing on to a trust…

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square on Jun 1, 2015 at 9:44 am

Al Alvarez. A small point. The First six months of the Showcase being opened. Like for like a matched in business. But in real terms they where doing very poor for a multiplex. The Film companies assured us of our prints, when the planning application was being made.. Showcase had to give massive giveaways. still no good. So suddenly there where no prints available. except if it was a stinker.. They where supplied prints which where never used.. There was a documentary screened at the Prince Charles recently and Cannes that rattled the film companies.. I am told they are still using the same excuse of prints shortage with todays digital age.

I did 39 years in my own right in Theatres and Cinemas booking for 28 sites.. member of the Cinematograph Exhibiters Association. dealing with the Monopolies and mergers etc etc. and knew many of the principles involved at the time. In the Chains and renters..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square on Jun 1, 2015 at 3:07 am

Hmm. It seems. Al Alvarez.. at the end of the day. You know nothing… about British cinemas. and the practice of the renters. The Independent never could beat the system.. You are right about audiences walking away. If they had to wait six weeks. When we closed in 1996 We where current with the trends of the time.. we had the same equipment as the Multiplex that caused the problem. and it maintained by Sound associates..

You really need to study the History of the relationship of British Cinemas and the Renters.. Makes the Mafia seem like a Vicarage tea party,

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square on May 31, 2015 at 7:11 pm

Al Alvarez.. legality and what actually happened are two different things… Our Birmingham Theatre was kept up to date with the trends… along with the rest of our circuit.. Over the years we had proper Cinemascope 4 track mag 70mm … Dolby including Spectrum. on the promise of the 2nd print use. This never materialised. The cinema that caused us our problems in our area of Birmingham has since closed.. We Ran Theatres and Cinemas from 1890 to 2006. 3 sites are still in operation run by tenants ..