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“had a seating capacity of 2,000 in stalls and dress circle”
I am pretty sure that there was originally two balconies in the 1911 theatre – the descriptions specify two tiers of balcony above stalls and circle which I suspect were two separated areas of the same tier. It would also be unusual for a Matcham theatre of this period to have just a stalls and a single circle. Much, but not all, of the stage area was incorporated into the auditorium in the 1938 rebuild so the drop in capacity makes no sense given that the auditorium space was increased, unless it went from a 3 level to a 2 level theatre.
Two further photos can be seen on flickr, taken during demolition in June 2011
An old photo of the Turm Palast HERE
Another PHOTO HERE of the exterior at night in June 2011.
This is a very successful, beautifully maintained (following a recent restoration) art-house cinema which is hugely popular in the city. The staff are friendly, the two cinemas stylish and comfortable, with bars and cafe on-site. A little bit of cinema-heaven and well worth a visit if you are in Glasgow.
Demolition is well under-way in June 2011. The façade will be preserved.
Another recent PHOTO HERE
Click HERE for a photo of the Rex Cinema whilst it was still on-film in 1974. When it was constructed the natural slope of the land away from the street helped give the auditorium a raked floor.
Two photos taken during the 64th Cannes Film Festival in 2011. The main screen is the whole of the former stalls area whilst the two smaller cinemas appear to be in the former balcony. The cinema is very well appointed.
This ought to be listed as demolished as only part of the foyer remains, the auditorium and rear foyer have been levelled and now serve as a car park!
Some photos here:–
May 2011 photo here:–
A 2011 photo here:–
Two contemporary photos of the former Regal here:–
Three photos of the former Cannon at various times here:–
This appears to be the theatre-
Still derelict, with no decision on its future, in April 2011:–
Interesting how little change there was – apart from the huge name – in the faÃ§ade from beginning to end.
Some photos of the Playhouse interior and exterior:–
Three more photos from April 2011 here:–
Some images of the former Gaumont here (including the restaurant mentioned above:–
The Empire has not been demolished – it can clearly been seen from the photo above taken this week – the hall lies at right angles to the road running along the back of the pub.
The Seven Stars Pub has closed and is up for sale. A photo from 2011 here – the theatre can be seen to the left of the building, accessed through the large arch :–
A photo from 2011 here:–