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Ian
Ian commented about Victoria Cinema on May 15, 2012 at 8:41 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 1:39 pm

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

WHITLEY BAY EMPIRE

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Ian commented about O2 ABC Glasgow on May 11, 2012 at 1:28 pm

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

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Ian commented about New Coliseum Cinema on May 7, 2012 at 2:04 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

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Ian commented about Grand Theatre on Apr 28, 2012 at 1:43 pm

A photo of the building in 1996 GRAND THEATRE

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Ian commented about Shepherd's Bush Empire Theatre on Apr 27, 2012 at 7:27 am

A 2012 view

EMPIRE

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Ian commented about Shepherd's Bush Pavilion on Apr 27, 2012 at 7:24 am

Demolition of the auditorium is now underway.

EXIT DOOR PAVILION

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Ian commented about Watford Palace Theatre on Apr 26, 2012 at 1:16 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!

Ian
Ian commented about Regal Cinema on Apr 26, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Two further images from shortly before demolition, although I thought this was after 1989 … :–

REGAL

REGAL

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Ian commented about Parc and Dare Theatre on Mar 30, 2012 at 3:12 am

Photographs of the Park & Dare as it prepares for next years Centenary celebrations in 2013:–

EXTERIOR

AUDITORIUM FROM STAGE

AUDITORIUM

STAGE

FLY FLOOR

Ian
Ian commented about Plaza Cinema on Mar 24, 2012 at 4:12 am

Some 2012 photos

PLAZA

PLAZA LETTERING

PLAZA SHOP

Ian
Ian commented about Regent Cinema on Mar 21, 2012 at 2:36 pm

The entrance bears no resemblance to the cinema

REGENT FACADE

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Ian commented about Prince of Wales Theatre on Mar 19, 2012 at 3:40 am

Photos from March 2012

EXTERIOR

BOX DETAIL

PROSCENIUM

AUDITORIUM TO REAR

STAGE GRID

Ian
Ian commented about Albert Hall Cinema on Mar 18, 2012 at 3:46 am

March 2012 picture. The disintegration of the rendering is revealing the original stone façade

ALBERT HALL

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Ian commented about Palace Theatre on Mar 18, 2012 at 3:43 am

In a very poor state a year later

PALACE THEATRE

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Ian commented about Elysium Cinema on Mar 18, 2012 at 3:42 am

Still there in March 2012.

FACADE

AUDITORIUM EXTERIOR

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Ian commented about Art Cinema on Feb 19, 2012 at 3:29 am

Some 2012 photos of the Art here:–

EXTERIOR

AUDITORIUM TO REAR

AUDITORIUM SIDE VIEW

AUDITORIUM TO STAGE

Ian
Ian commented about Odeon Bury on Feb 18, 2012 at 2:47 am

In February 2012 the Odeon survives empty amidst all the redeveloped area. Externally at least it still looks in good condition. Photos:–

ODEON EXTERIOR

ODEON FACADE

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Ian commented about Capitol Theatre on Feb 5, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Newly found information:–

The Capitol closed for alterations which separated the circle into a 630 seat cinema, whilst the former stalls accommodated 1,400 bingo players. A wall was constructed at the front of the balcony with a new screen surrounded by a swagged pelmet and fronted by new curtains. The architects involved were Eric Neve and Associates, the contractors were F Shepherd & Son Ltd, the cost was claimed to be £30,000. The Cinema re-opened 11th March 1968 with “Smashing Time” starring Rita Tushingham.

This followed a months closure the previous year when from 7th May 1967 to the 5th June the Capitol was closed for alterations and redecoration in the hands of Mecca. From this point the films were shown once nightly, seen from seats in the circle, whilst bingo was played in the stalls afternoons and early evening. This was reported as costing £60,000.

The cinema did not last very long and after it had closed the balcony sub-division was removed to restore the Capitol to its original appearance for bingo throughout. The usual staircase at one side of the balcony to the stalls was installed.

Source Evening News 11/3/1968 – includes photo.

Ian
Ian commented about Screen Cinema on Feb 5, 2012 at 1:21 pm

A photo of the Palace after The Litten Tree had closed here:– http://www.flickr.com/photos/stagedoor/4473153208/lightbox/

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Ian commented about Capitol Theatre on Jan 12, 2012 at 3:55 am

Interior pictures of the former Capitol here:–

AUDITORIUM REAR TO FRONT

AUDITORIUM SIDE VIEW

DETAIL OF PROSCENIUM

AUDITORIUM FRONT TO REAR

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Ian commented about Castle Cinema on Dec 31, 2011 at 6:54 am

Photo of the previously mentioned side staircases in the foyer as they were in 1989:–

CASTLE FOYER

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Ian commented about Cannon Peterborough on Dec 28, 2011 at 9:06 am

More photos of the Embassy here:–

VIEW ACROSS THE ROOF TOWARDS THE STAGE TOWER

STAGE TOWER AND DRESSING ROOMS

FORMER MAIN ENTRANCE

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Ian commented about Imperial Cinema on Dec 28, 2011 at 9:00 am

A photo with the building in use as the showroom here:–

FORMER IMPERIAL CINEMA

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Ian commented about Palace Theatre on Dec 26, 2011 at 1:24 pm

A few interior shots from 2007:–

ART DECO CIRCLE FOYER

DRESS CIRCLE

ART DECO CEILING