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Billy commented about Cineworld Shaftesbury Avenue at the Trocadero on Oct 24, 2014 at 8:35 am

Although accessing a screen often involved going up a frustratingly large number of escalators, it’s a still a shame it closed. It had formed a good partnership with the Cineworld Haymarket down the road in that Shaftesbury Avenue would normally show the big, populist blockbusters and Haymarket the smaller art-house films, although sometimes one would be in the other – the last film I saw here was ‘The Congress’ a few weeks before it closed. The disinterest of some of the staff was apparent who probably already knew they were losing their jobs, but I did like the random appearance of a Dalek by one of the escalators, constructed by a staff member for the 2013 50th anniversary episode and left there ever since. Wonder where that is now.

Poor Haymarket now has a challenge in what films it can fit into its three screens. The Fulham Road/Chelsea cinemas have a similar sharing of content between them (situated minutes walk away from each other) but the distribution seems a bit more random there, both big and smaller releases shared between both cinemas.

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Billy commented about Cineworld Hammersmith on Mar 23, 2014 at 8:55 pm

And still open as of March 2014, as mentioned friendly staff but with an interior seemingly unaltered for at least about 20 years. A bit like stepping back in time.

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Billy commented about Cineworld Chelsea on Mar 23, 2014 at 8:50 pm

Interesting to hear – when I went just last month it was still very much stuck in the Virgin/UGC days of the late 1990s.

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Billy commented about Cineworld Chelsea on Feb 10, 2014 at 5:46 pm

Still open as of February 2014 and seemingly no sign of closure.

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Billy commented about Odeon Marble Arch on Dec 15, 2013 at 6:11 pm

Can anyone confirm if Disney’s ‘101 Dalmatians’ was shown here around VE Day in 1995? I have a childhood memory of going to an Odeon which was bombed during the war and a short film being played about the rebuilding, then 101 Dalmatians afterwards. The description of both this and the previous cinema on the site seems to match it, if so I was lucky enough to see this cinema before the dividing.

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Billy commented about Vue Wood Green on Nov 26, 2013 at 12:37 pm

Notable until recently for its popular ‘Cheap Day Monday’ screenings, which at £3.95 (2011-12 price) were some of the cheapest in London. These ended in about October 2012, a similar (though slightly more expensive) ‘Super Tuesday’ scheme, mirroring Cineworld, runs as of November 2013.

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Billy commented about Belle-Vue Cinema on Nov 25, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Stunned to see this demolished despite only being twenty years old. It’s been a very controversial demolition in the Willesden area but apparently a ‘cultural centre’ will be built in its place.

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Billy commented about ABC Ionic Golders Green on Feb 9, 2012 at 2:00 pm

After the ABC Hendon closed in early 1997, this became our usual cinema. Aged 8 I saw the Special Edition re-releases of ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ and ‘Return of the Jedi’ here. As far as I remember it still kept its very 70s beige interior even then, and felt a bit like you were stepping back in time – especially when the films were as old as the cinema!

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Billy commented about ABC Hendon on Feb 9, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Many happy memories of this cinema – we moved nearby in 1995 and this became our local until closure. There was a little newsagent by it where everyone would buy food and drinks for much cheaper than in the auditorium!

Even at this time there was a ‘Saturday Kids Club’ where a magician or other entertainer would perform on the stage before the feature – something I’ve never seen since and must have seemed like from a bygone age even then! But to my seven year old eyes it was great, and I was disappointed when it closed.

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Billy commented about Odeon Uxbridge on Feb 9, 2012 at 1:45 pm

I’m pretty sure this was my first ever cinema! I saw Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ there at the end of 1993 as a five year old. Not the most exciting or remembered of places (absolutely no photos of it on Flickr I can find, they’re all of its predecessor) but simply looking at the above reminds me of the excitement of seeing such a big screen for the first time.