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Is it possible that this and the Westgate cinema listed on CT were the same building under different names? This one (Beech Hill) opened in 1930 if the date on the façade is correct. It later became the Royal Bingo Club, but I am not sure if the Royal name was ever applied during the cinema days – the KYB for 1964 lists it as Beech Hill.
ROYAL BINGO CLUB
A 1989 shot here of the façade:–
A 1989 shot of the exterior here, when all the cladding tiles were the same colour and the other businesses in the block were up and running!
A 1989 shot here showing the building operating as the Capitol Plaza under Mecca.
The Ritz was turned into an indoor market, this too closed and after a period of dereliction the building was demolished at the end of the 20th Century.
A few negatives recently rediscovered (mis-filed) has yielded some new digitally enhanced scans of the interior of this cinema:–
VIEW ACROSS AUDITORIUM
AUDITORIUM FROM STAGE
All taken shortly before closure.
Given that this cinema was renamed Cannon for only a few months, could it not perhaps go under its “proper” name on CT?
I think you may be right JohnGn – it was referred to as the ABC Ritz, but it closed about the time the circuit was rebranded with the sole ABC name.
The Regent is offered at auction with a guide price of £60,000 later this month.
“FOR SALE BY PUBLIC AUCTION ON FRIDAY 22ND FEBRUARY 2013 AT 11AM, AT THE MCDONALD TICKLED TROUT HOTEL, PRESTON NEW ROAD, PRESTON, PR5 0UJ. PRICE GUIDE: £60,000 – £70,000Extensive two storey former Regent Cinema, more recently used as Riley’s, bar, pool and snooker hall. The property was built in the early 20th Century and is of brick built construction with decorated tiled frontage located on the corner of Church Street and Regent Road in a superb Town Centre location. The property has a tall three storey domed tower with ornate parapet walls. Internally and externally the property requires extensive renovation works and comprises a large pool hall with bar area and WC’s, two snooker rooms, a large disused theatre, cellar and boiler room.”
The signs are not good …
Photo from 1995 here:–
Opened 1945 designed by José González Edo. It closed in 2009, had a 9 million Euro restoration and reopened in 2010. Three screens are very modern, one in an ornate traditional style with balcony. Now owned by the City of Malaga.
Pre-restoration photo from 1995 here:–
That Car Park looks ominously cinema shaped!
(swing round the google image to the opposite side of the road).
The former cinema was demolished c2010 leaving a vacant lot until work began in 2013.
The Glenroyal was destroyed by fire in the early hours today (18 January 2012). The remains are deemed unsafe and are due to be demolished later in the day – Briggate being closed for the duration.
Two other interiors from 1997 here:–
PALACE THEATRE BALCONY
PALACE THEATRE STAGE
A photo of the former cinema entrance in 2006 here:–
The theatre is possibly up for redevelopment, plans seem to be progressing slowly for total demolition and basement replacement of a small theatre.
Interior photos from 2011 here:–
A photo from circa 1976 as Tiffany’s :–
Photo of the façade of the Palladium in 1992 here:–
Are you sure this one has gone?
The interior can be seen in the film “The Entertainer” (Laurence Olivier)
Photo from 1992:–
A photo of the Empire here from 1992:–
Still operating at the end of 2012 :–
ODEON WEST END
The Odeon Studios were re-opened on 30th November 2012.
Two 2012 images of the Odeon:–
ODEON LEICESTER SQUARE
Two photos from 1991 as a bingo hall.
FORUM – EXTERIOR
FORUM – INTERIOR
In 2012 the Regent is unused, the snooker hall appears to have closed circa 2010.