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Ian
Ian commented about Electric Picture House on Jul 31, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Photo here:–

ELECTRIC THEATRE

Ian
Ian commented about Noel Coward Theatre on Jul 31, 2012 at 4:33 am

Two views of the Noel Coward:–

EXTERIOR in 2012

AUDITORIUM in 2006

Ian
Ian commented about Palace Theatre on Jul 31, 2012 at 4:26 am

Some photos of the former theatre here (taken July 2012):–

FAÇADE

GALLERY

AUDITORIUM FROM STAGE

AUDITORIUM SIDE VIEW

AUDITORIUM STAGE VIEW

Ian
Ian commented about Plaza Cinema on Jul 19, 2012 at 2:45 pm

A 1991 view of the former Plaza, looking like Bingo had recently closed.

PLAZA CINEMA

Ian
Ian commented about County Cinema on Jul 19, 2012 at 2:33 pm

I have not been able to find the closing date of the Stardust Bingo, but I suspect it was nearer 2010 than the start of the decade. There are an amazing number of businesses operating within the block, presumably below the auditorium, which perhaps bodes well for its survival. The entrance (behind the shutters), for such a large building, seems to have been surprisingly muted and on a minor road. The corner block, pictured here in 2012, was seemingly not part of the cinema behind.

County Cinema

Ian
Ian commented about London Hippodrome Theatre on Jul 16, 2012 at 5:34 am

More recent photos of the restoration process in this set:– HIPPODROME RESTORATION

Ian
Ian commented about Prince of Wales Theatre on Jul 5, 2012 at 6:20 am

Some 1990 photos of the Robert Cromie interior here:–

STALLS BAR

BALCONY

VIEW OF STAGE

STALLS

DETAIL OF DECOR

Ian
Ian commented about Dominion Theatre on Jul 4, 2012 at 6:10 am

And for a comparison some interior shots from 1990, before restoration :–

FOYER

DETAIL OF BOX

VIEW OF STAGE

VIEW ACROSS AUDITORIUM

Ian
Ian commented about Granada Acton on Jul 2, 2012 at 4:06 am

Two exterior shots from June 2012

CENTRAL FACADE

FRONT & SIDE VIEW

Ian
Ian commented about Apollo Cinema on Jun 15, 2012 at 3:47 pm

The stalls area became a live concert venue called the M Club. The cinema originally had a full stage with a notably high fly tower. The plans were to replace with a Sainsbury’s store.

Photographed in April 2011:–

PLAZA CREWE FRONT

PLAZA CREWE REAR

Ian
Ian commented about Savoy Cinema on Jun 15, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Photo’s from circa 1989:–

SAVOY EXTERIOR

SAVOY INTERIOR

Ian
Ian commented about Stiwt Theatre on Jun 12, 2012 at 8:00 am

Image now changed to correct building – very quick! :–)

Ian
Ian commented about Stiwt Theatre on Jun 12, 2012 at 7:52 am

The above image (Google) is not the theatre.

Images from 2011 here:– EXTERIOR

STAGE FROM BALCONY

BALCONY

PROSCENIUM DETAIL

Ian
Ian commented about Whitehall Palace Cinema on Jun 8, 2012 at 7:20 am

The Cinema was actually a conversion of the 1883 Grosvenor Hall in 1913, although the hall had been used for films on occasions before. The frontage was designed by F Edward Jones in 1936 in order to “modernise” the cinema after the Radio Centre / Classic / Cannon began construction.

Ian
Ian commented about Whitehall Palace Cinema on Jun 8, 2012 at 7:06 am

A slightly more recent photo of the façade of the former cinema here:–

WHITEHALL CINEMA

Ian
Ian commented about Theatre Royal on Jun 1, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Some photos of the the Theatre Royal here:–

FACADE 1988

AUDITORIUM BLOCK

SIDE VIEW

Ian
Ian commented about Classic Royal Cinema on Jun 1, 2012 at 2:43 pm

A photo from circa 1985 of the closed building here:–

BRADFORD ROYAL

Ian
Ian commented about Victoria Cinema on May 15, 2012 at 9:41 am

I think that may be my mistake. http://www.newmarketlhs.org.uk/nlhscorrespondence7.htm states :_ “Newmarket has been home to a number of cinemas over the years. The Doric, now Millionaires bar and nightclub, in High Street, ran between March 1937 and July 1964. Innocence, the nightclub across the road, was once the Kingsway Cinema, while Boots, the former Carlton Hotel, was the Victoria Cinema. There was also once a cinema in Black Bear Lane. Newmarket has a cinematograph history and you can read about one of the earliest public performances on our website, under ‘Local Fire Tragedies’ this occurred in what is now Ann Furbank’s fashion shop on Rutland Hill (then the Town Hall) and resulted in serious loss of life and many injuries. Yes, the Kingsway and the Doric flourished betwen the nineteen twenties and the fifties, the golden age of cinema popularity. The Doric opened in 1937 and the first film shown was Will Hay in ‘Good Morning Boys’. Particularly during WW II it was usual to see long queues along the High Street for the evening and Saturday afternoon performances. With the advent of television, cinemas slowly declined. As the Journal article points out both the buildings now serve as Night Clubs.”

Confusingly the address of the Kingsway Cinema was listed as being Kingsway, leading me to identify this photo as the Victoria. I’ll amend the flickr caption. All three cinemas seem to have been on the High Street.

Ian
Ian commented about Gaumont Whitley Bay on May 11, 2012 at 2:39 pm

The former Gaumont was demolished several years ago, and in June 2009 the site was still vacant.

WHITLEY BAY EMPIRE

Ian
Ian commented about O2 ABC Glasgow on May 11, 2012 at 2:28 pm

A 1993 shot as the MGM cinema here :– GLASGOW ABC

Ian
Ian commented about New Coliseum Cinema on May 7, 2012 at 3:04 pm

A 2009 photo of the façade of the Coliseum, at which time the housing development on the site of the auditorium had not been started.

COLISEUM

Ian
Ian commented about Grand Theatre on Apr 28, 2012 at 2:43 pm

A photo of the building in 1996 GRAND THEATRE

Ian
Ian commented about Shepherd's Bush Empire Theatre on Apr 27, 2012 at 8:27 am

A 2012 view

EMPIRE

Ian
Ian commented about Shepherd's Bush Pavilion on Apr 27, 2012 at 8:24 am

Demolition of the auditorium is now underway.

EXIT DOOR PAVILION

Ian
Ian commented about Watford Palace Theatre on Apr 26, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Some more photos of the Watford Palace here:–

EXTERIOR IN 1980

INTERIOR FROM STAGE IN 2010

INTERIOR TO STAGE IN 2001

The modern lighting fixture is hugely controversial!