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The Picture House (Caley) is in good condition and functions as a 1,500 capacity live music venue. This is mainly standing, but the front five rows of the balcony are padded bench seating. Photos from October 2011 below.
AUDITORIUM TOWARDS STAGE
AUDITORIUM ACROSS STAGE
AUDITORIUM TOWARDS REAR
The seating capacities are much reduced from the figures above (and I think the 1972 capacities are the wring way around – the smaller cinema was the rear stalls one). The Dominion is still going strong in 2011 as the photos below show.
REAR OF SCREEN 1
SCREEN 1 TOWARDS REAR
SCREEN 1 TOWARDS SCREEN
Update – just discovered the location on Streetview and corrected the image. Has the stage been demolished?
The Politeama does not, I think, adjoin the Olympia – the former Condes is back to back with the Olympia. I have tried to correct the streetview picture above but I think that the Politeama is in the pedestrianised area and not visible on the Google site.
But it was over 20 years ago that I was last in Lisbon!
The Olympia was directly behind the Condes, not across the street.
Two photos of the Tivoli in 1985 – the theatre is hidden from view on Streetview above.
Photo from 1985 here
1985 photos here:–
EDEN TEATRO DETAIL
EDEN TEATRO FAÇADE
Photo from 1985 here:–
Unusually permission was granted this week (during the run of a stage play (The Calendar Girls) to take some pre-show photos of the the theatre with an audience – so for a view of what it is like in full use …
AUDITORIUM TOWARD STAGE
AUDITORIUM FROM STAGE
I am not sure, but I think the building is still there – the redevelopment delayed.
A photo of the Empire in use as a children’s' day nursery in 1986.
September 2011 photo
At some point the auditorium was horizontally sub-divided with the theatre / cinema operating from the former balcony and the stage above the front stalls area as this picture shows:–
I believe at this point that films were still possible using the old (the one sticking out of the façade) projection room.
The rear stalls became, I think a bar and the front stalls a cafe.
The cinema/theatre entrance at this point was around the corner in Tyldesley Road through a former balcony exit stairwell, with the bar accessed from Rigby Road. A photo from circa 1992 here:–
EXTERIOR AS A CINEMA
Following a few years of closure a new restaurant is opening later in 2011, and the building is being extensively restored again. Current images here:–
DETAIL OF PROSCENIUM
A 1988 shot here – newly trashed to become McDonalds
A 1988 shuttered shot here
A photo from 1988 showing almost all of the frontage with the Studio name still in place
STUDIOS CINEMA MANCHESTER
Some interior shots of the Dominion from August 2011 here:–
STAGE FROM UPPER CIRCLE
VIEW FROM REAR CIRCLE
REAR OF CLOSED UPPER CIRCLE
STAIRS TO UPPER FORMER UPPER CIRCLE
The Regency Suite, former Cinema ballroom and then Studios 5-8 cinemas boarded up in August 2011. I think this was as a result of the riots rather than closure.
The display changes at regular intervals – here is an August 2011 view
Another Vue (sorry) of the cinema
A set of images from 2011 of this great cinema
AUDITORIUM FROM CIRCLE
AUDITORIUM FROM STALLS
Well worth seeing a film here!
The Palace survived the London riots, (despite being in the heart of the first day rioting and looting) with apparently little more than a few broken windows, seen boarded up in these August 2011 views:–
A 2011 photo here BRUCE GROVE CINEMA