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Biffaskin commented about Rink Cinema on Aug 7, 2022 at 9:24 am

Streetview confirms that this cinema has been demolished for flats.

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Biffaskin commented about National Cinema on Jul 10, 2022 at 3:44 pm

Kine Year Book of 1944 has a Western Electric sound system and a proscenium width of 36 feet.

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Biffaskin commented about Grand Cinema on Jun 25, 2022 at 3:27 pm

Same details for this cinema as 1942 in the 1944 KYB…

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Biffaskin commented about Scala Cinema on Jun 19, 2022 at 11:13 am

Some extra information from the Tyne & Wear Heritage website:

Opened by Armstrong Electric Theatres Ltd on 10 March 1913. The architect was Percy L. Browne. The Scala had a spacious tiled entrance with marble staircases to the dress circle. There were 1200 seats which were upholstered in red plush. Reseating later reduced the capacity to 986. The organ was a 2-manual Vincent. Throughout the 1920s music was provided by the Scala Orchestra. In 1928 the General Theatres Corporation (later Gaumont-British) took over. Talkies arrived in 1930. In April 1936 Sol Sheckman (Essoldo circuit) took over the Scala. The cinema closed on 1 July 1961. It was demolished and replaced by a supermarket.

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Biffaskin commented about Queens Hall Kinema on Jun 19, 2022 at 9:53 am

From Tyne & Wear Heritage website:

The Queens Hall Kinema was opened in December 1912. It was a luxurious cinema but quite small. It closed due to the competition from the Havelock cinema in 1917. The exterior architecture of the cinema, without the entrance, remains although it is now a commercial premise. Nothing remains of the interior.

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Biffaskin commented about Roker Theatre on Jun 19, 2022 at 9:04 am

From the Tyne & Wear Heritage website:

The Roker Cinema opened on the 15th October 1915. The Roker was the first cinema in Sunderland to use ordinary electricity in the 1920’s. The Roker also had an organ which was built in Sunderland. The Roker closed on the 8th April 1961.

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Biffaskin commented about Victory Cinema on Jun 19, 2022 at 8:55 am

From the Tyne & Wear Heritage website:

The Victory Cinema was formerly the Smyrna Chapel at the junction of Borough Road and Smyrna Place. It opened in 1920 and was an alternative cinema to the Gaiety for the people of the East End. It was damaged by bombs on 15th April 1941 and never re-opened.

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Biffaskin commented about Classic Houghton le Spring on Jun 19, 2022 at 7:28 am

Initially converted into Dee’s Supermarket.

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Biffaskin commented about Imperial Cinema on Jun 19, 2022 at 6:16 am

Tyne & Wear Heritage website has this extra information for this venue:

Imperial Theatre and Cinema opened in 1926 built on the site of a building called The Laurels. Although built as a cinema it was also used for live shows, the first production being performed by the Hetton Opera Company. ‘Isle of Lost Ships’ was the first sound film to be shown on March 4th 1930. In 1960 Stall Cinemas took over the ownership of the Imperial and films came from the offices of the Tyne Theatre, Newcastle. The Imperial closed October 10th 1962 - the last film was ‘The Hangman’. Now demolished.

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Biffaskin commented about Pavilion Cinema on Jun 19, 2022 at 6:05 am

Full description from Tyne & Wear Heritage website giving date of closure and final film…

Pavillion Theatre built on land known as the show field off Richard Street by Ralph Barton, salt works owner in 1909. The manager was William Travers of Houghton. The theatre doubled as a cinema. Two films were shown each night. Silent movies were accompanied by live music. The last film to be shown when the Pavillion closed on June 6th 1959 was ‘Home after Dark’.

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Biffaskin commented about Memorial Hall on Jun 18, 2022 at 3:50 pm

Eastern Daily Press has a photo of this venue called Picture Palace….

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Biffaskin commented about Regal Palace Theatre on Jun 11, 2022 at 4:53 pm

The name reverted back to the Palace under the United Varieties Syndicate Ltd.

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Biffaskin commented about Gaumont Chatham on Jun 11, 2022 at 10:46 am

Architect was Arthur W. Kenyon

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Biffaskin commented about Astoria Cinema on Jun 11, 2022 at 9:59 am

A Mollo & Egan interior, the swimming fish grilles were repeated in several other cinema interiors for Shipman & King.

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Biffaskin commented about Images Cinema on Jun 11, 2022 at 8:24 am

Has the ‘look’ of a Mollo & Egan interior…

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Biffaskin commented about Trocadero Cinema on May 22, 2022 at 3:15 pm

Postcode is M14 5LQ

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Biffaskin commented about Gaumont Edgware Road on May 8, 2022 at 8:00 am

The facade of this cinema masqueraded as the Coliseum in the film The Blue Lamp released in 1950.

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Biffaskin commented about Gaumont Chatham on Apr 24, 2022 at 3:29 pm

Architect? Interior by Mollo & Egan….

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Biffaskin commented about Royal Cinema on Mar 26, 2022 at 8:42 am

Now back in business as Oscars Bar.

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Biffaskin commented about Apollo Theatre on Mar 6, 2022 at 5:53 am

garypainter’s link is broken.

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Biffaskin commented about Queen's Cinema on Feb 7, 2022 at 5:54 am

Postcode is SW8 3RX, and is now the Fairlee Pharmacy.

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Biffaskin commented about Brighton Cinema on Feb 7, 2022 at 5:44 am

Even the last shop has gone now. A Sainsbury’s Local now stands at this location, with the address of 29 Patcham Terrace London SW8 4EX

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Biffaskin commented about Manor Theatre on Feb 7, 2022 at 5:19 am

Postcode is E8 1JY, the location is now a block of flats.

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Biffaskin commented about Troxy Theatre Stepney London on Jan 22, 2022 at 1:12 pm

As always, Ron has excelled himself with these archive pictures he’s added!

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Biffaskin commented about Bradford Playhouse on Jan 1, 2022 at 9:15 am

For a picture of the stage when the Jowett Hall, check out RIBApix numbered RIBA60687, and for the facade RIBA60688.