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Ken Roe commented about Capitol Cinema on Jul 15, 2012 at 4:05 am

pjguy68;The Kine Yearbook for 1937 lists the proprietor as Ystalyera Kinemas Ltd. of Swansea. By 1944, it was operated by Kenmor Kinemas Ltd. (booked at Cardiff) and remained with them until at least 1954.

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Ken Roe commented about Stiwt Theatre on Jun 12, 2012 at 7:00 am

Ian;The Google Street View has been corrected. Thanks for pointing that out.

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Ken Roe commented about Bama Theatre on Jun 10, 2012 at 11:32 am

Bob; The 400-seat Bama Theatre could possibly have been renamed Roma Theatre in 1945? Neither names are in listings in 1950.

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Ken Roe commented about Lyceum Theatre on Jun 4, 2012 at 12:53 pm

The Lyceum Theatre is the tall building in the far distance, at the right of this vintage photograph.

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Ken Roe commented about Royal Opera House on May 27, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Ron, I may have served you tickets, as I worked for 4 years (1972-1976) in the Floral Street box office, down the right-hand side of the Royal Opera House. Also ‘took the house in’ using the main foyer box office in the evenings.

Like you, not sure of the shooting locations of “The Red Shoes”.

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Ken Roe commented about Cine Yara on May 18, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Guarina. If you click on ‘About’ at the top right of the page, you will be sent to a page which will give details of how to contact us by clicking ‘Contact’. You can send your list & photos to us by clicking on the ‘theatre updates’ address….

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Ken Roe commented about Cineworld Cinema - Isle of Wight on May 9, 2012 at 10:26 am

Hi rasLXR, that is the former Medina Cinema. I have now given it a page.

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Ken Roe commented about Palladium Picture House on May 4, 2012 at 4:30 am

CSWalczak; Those are demolition photos. Thanks for the links.

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Ken Roe commented about Guild Theater on Apr 23, 2012 at 12:17 pm

The 1950 edition of Film Daily Yearbook lists the Embassy (Rockerfeller Plaza) as being operated by The Newsreel Theaters, Inc.

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Ken Roe commented about Alhambra Theatre on Feb 12, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Many Thanks steeliebobs. If you wish to donate them, the “Cinema Theatre Association: would give them a good home. Go to ‘Archive’ for contact details.

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Ken Roe commented about Clinton Theatre on Feb 11, 2012 at 9:17 am

Joe; Looking at a Google street view of 103 Attorney Street, it is almost in the same position as the stage house of the Clinton Theatre. Of course it could be adjacent to it, or even across the other side of the street (not knowing which side is odd or even numbers).

Maybe Blinderman & Cohen purchased land behind the Clinton Street tenements, and built the Clinton Theatre with access from Clinton Street, but were unable to gain similar access through the tenements for the plot of land, so it was accessed from Attorney Street. (this is of course if it ever was built!) Nothing listed in the 1926 edition of Film Daily Yearbook

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Ken Roe commented about Temple Theater on Feb 1, 2012 at 9:40 am

Joe; Cinema Treasures has the Lyric Theatre, St. Louis as being designed by the Weber brothers.

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Ken Roe commented about Roxy Cinema on Jan 15, 2012 at 6:21 pm

The cinema auditorium used in the film “Brief Encounter” was the Metropole Cinema, Victoria, London.

Irene Handl ‘played’ ‘March Militaire’ on its 3 Manual Wurlitzer organ, the hands shown playing the organ were owned by the then (1945) resident organist of the Metropole Cinema, James Whitebread.

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Ken Roe commented about ABC Baker Street on Jan 8, 2012 at 6:00 pm

SimonD, The J.D. Wetherspoon Metropolitan Bar is not in the former cinema space. It is located several yards to the left of the ABC Baker Street, in a space originally occupied by Baker Street station’s Buffet/Restaurant, adjacent to the station entrance.

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Ken Roe commented about Paris Theatre on Dec 31, 2011 at 7:47 am

Joe; Nice link, but the Crystal Palace Theatre was on George Street, Sydney. It opened in June 1914 and was demolished in 1937 for the new Century Theatre to be built on the site. It too has since been demolished.

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Ken Roe commented about Chamaleon Variete Theater on Dec 14, 2011 at 8:31 am

Hi Fred, The book ‘Kinoarchitecktur In Berlin 1895-1995’ by Syvaine Hansel & Angelika Schmitt (Published in 1995 by Deitrich Reimer Verlag in Berlin). Listing for the Imperial-Tonfilm Theater on page 108:– ‘Ingenieurburo Friedrich Zwiebel (Umbau 1933/34)’ The index of architects at the back of the book only has this cinema as a reference to Friedrich Zwiebel.

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Ken Roe commented about Chamaleon Variete Theater on Dec 1, 2011 at 7:57 pm

Hi Fred, Not sure, but could possibly have been in a book I have on Berlin kinos. Currently I am away from home, so can’t check.

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Ken Roe commented about Pampa Drive In on Nov 22, 2011 at 2:00 am

Chuck; In the 1955 edition of Theatre Catalog, it lists both the Pampa Drive-In & the Top Of Texas Drive-In, both operated by Video Ind. Theatres, but with a slightly different car capacity.

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Ken Roe commented about Penn Cinema on Nov 12, 2011 at 3:11 pm

geoffjc; Sorry about the typo, I have corrected the year 1963 to 1973. “Ooh..You Are Awful” was given a Rank release on the third week of January 1973. Second feature was “Some Kind Of Hero”. The US release was in 1974.

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Ken Roe commented about Happy 50th, "West Side Story" on Oct 25, 2011 at 4:54 am

Ooops!!again. Sorry guys. Too many late nights. So that is why I couldn’t find the Ritz Theatre (Stockholm), in a book I have on the cinemas of Copenhagen! LOL

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Ken Roe commented about Happy 50th, "West Side Story" on Oct 22, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Oops, Correction to the above, Stockholm is in Denmark

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Ken Roe commented about Happy 50th, "West Side Story" on Oct 22, 2011 at 12:28 pm

On the new Blu-Ray release, there is an intermission, complete with Intermission intro music (played on a blank screen). The Intermission comes just after ‘The War Council’ scene, and part 2 opens with ‘I Feel Pretty’.

According to the booklet which came with the DVD Special Edition Collectors Set (sadly not included with the new Blu-Ray release) it states the the George V cinema in Paris, France ran the movie for 218 weeks, and it then ran another 25 weeks at the Avenue cinema, followed by a further 16 weeks at the Arleqine cinema!

Also Internationally, the booklet states during January-March 1962, “West Side Story” became the top grosser ever at the Piccadilly Theatre, Tokyo, Japan. At the Astoria Theatre, London, England, it had the highest ever advance sales of any film at that theatre. In Stockholm, Sweden at the Ritz Theatre, seats were sold out months in advance.

After the June 1962 premiere of the film in Sydney, Australia (name of theatre not stated) all seats were booked out in advance as far as October 1962.

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Ken Roe commented about Happy 50th, "West Side Story" on Oct 21, 2011 at 3:53 pm

“West Side Story” has always been one my most favourite films, since I first saw it at a cinema in Llandudno, North Wales, UK while I was on holiday in 1962.

Michael;Thanks for the terrific article, again so well researched. I have just purchased the Blu-Ray disc and it looks stunning! It was released here in the UK before the USA Blu-Ray release, which makes a change!

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Ken Roe commented about Empire Picture Palace on Aug 1, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Guys, Enough is enough of this personal squabble. The last 10 comments have nothing to do with the Empire Picture Palace, so please get back onto subject.

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Ken Roe commented about Odeon Leicester Square on Jul 6, 2011 at 1:52 pm

It is a double World Premier using the Odeon Leicester Square and the Empire Theatre. Due to renovations to Leicester Square (to return it to its Victorian splendour in time for the 2012 Olympic Games), the pre-show is being held in Trafalgar Square, after which guests will walk to the two Leicester Square cinemas to view the film.