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davepring commented about Castro Theatre on Aug 20, 2015 at 2:52 am

This is one of my favourite San Francisco theatres and will hopefully remain showing film for many more years as my other favourites The Coronet and Metro are no longer with us.

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davepring commented about Cannon Newcastle upon Tyne on Jul 15, 2015 at 8:14 am

For me Cannon represented the dark days of cinema in the U.K. I was even hopeful that the ABC Management buy out would be a success but sadly this was not to be and many of our great cinemas have now disappeared from the townscape to be replaced by Odeon dull multiplexes.

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davepring commented about Everyman Muswell Hill on Jul 11, 2015 at 3:14 am

Now open again with a pop up bar!!

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davepring commented about Empire Cinema on Jul 2, 2015 at 10:36 am

Vue was maybe the first new build multiplex in the West End..well looked after by Warner..in a dreadful state now

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davepring commented about Empire Cinema on Jun 30, 2015 at 3:28 am

Totally agree.The west end is very much over screened.With the opening of Picturehouse Central I think the likes of ODEON Panton St and Covent Garden will be casualties.The Vue Leicester Square is a shadow of its former self and only offers 2 decent sized screens.The Empire and Odeon Leicester Square are really the only event cinemas left.

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davepring commented about Empire Cinema on Jun 28, 2015 at 6:27 am

There is no way that the Empire could stay as a single screen auditorium.It had been losing money for years.Although I lament its passing I am amazed it lasted so long.The Warner and Plaza were twinned in the late 60s early 70s.The Carlton was butchered and The Rialto and London Pavilion closed as cinemas. Todays audiences want bigger screens and immersive sound and The Empire now satisfies that demand in a high quality conversion but like most other posters I miss the Empire of the 1960s.

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davepring commented about Everyman Muswell Hill on Jun 22, 2015 at 6:37 am

This cinema has now closed as an Odeon and will reopen as Everyman once it has been refurbished

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davepring commented about Everyman Muswell Hill on Jun 21, 2015 at 5:28 am

My guess is that the balcony will be re configured to provide around 300 seats and the stalls will be reinstated possibly with a bar at the rear along the lines of The Screen on the Green with table seating in the remainder of the stalls, with the two screens beneath the cirlce being upgraded to luxury boutique cinemas enabling a variety of programming.Everyman have not tampered with their cinema in Oxted and I think they will do an excellent job on the Muswell Hill site.

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davepring commented about Empire Cinema on Jun 19, 2015 at 2:03 am

the photo is similar but the festoons stage right and left were lower creating more of a horizontal line

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davepring commented about Empire Cinema on Jun 18, 2015 at 5:36 am

The Leicester Street entrance originally led to the Pit Stalls of the Empire Theatre prior to the 1920s rebuild.

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davepring commented about Empire Cinema on Jun 18, 2015 at 5:30 am

The first film I saw at the Empire was in 1970 which I think was Woodstock.The contour curtain was used at the beginning and end of each performance rising and falling in two different styles.I had a book many years ago detailing the history of the Empire from the 1880s to the 1980s which had a photo of plaster work remnants on the right hand side wall towards the projection booth..but my memory may be mistaken!

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davepring commented about Empire Cinema on Jun 16, 2015 at 10:28 am

The interior of the Empire was indeed stripped back to the walls although some elements of the 1920s ceiling were still intact hidden behind George Coles design.In the 1970s the contour curtain would rise and fall in a combination of designs but this feature was abandoned by the 80s.

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davepring commented about Empire Cinema on May 25, 2015 at 9:13 am

The cinema is finally getting decent product with Jurassic World playing both in IMAX 3D and IMPACT screens next month

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davepring commented about Empire Cinema on May 25, 2015 at 9:09 am

Laser projectors will be installed here this summer which will give the cinema the edge over its nearby competitors.

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davepring commented about Everyman Muswell Hill on May 9, 2015 at 4:52 am

Well with a bit of luck this cinema will return to its former glory as Everyman Cinemas is planning to buy it along with 3 other Odeon properties and spend a significant amount on the refurb.

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davepring commented about Empire Cinema on Oct 21, 2014 at 3:10 am

The IMPACT screen has Dolby Atmos sound and is impressive.I dont understand OdeonNotFanaticals rants.The IMAX screen offers a totally immersive experience.Although the original 1960s auditorium has gone Empire have done a superb job on this conversion.

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davepring commented about Picturehouse Central on Oct 20, 2014 at 4:02 am

With both the Curzon and Picturehouse on Shaftesbury Avenue I think Odeons art house properties further down the Avenue and at Panton Street will quickly close.

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davepring commented about Odeon Leicester Square on Oct 20, 2014 at 3:39 am

It would be a great shame if the last great cinema in Leicester Square was to be twinned.I just hope they follow James Hannaways example at the old Odeon in St Albans and turn this landmark cinema into something unique by reconfiguring the stalls into table seating with a bar at the rear under the circle overhang. I have rarely been impressed with Odeon conversions and bearing in mind that a new Odeon twin screen is to be built on the site of the Odeon West End I fail to see the commercial benefit of it .

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davepring commented about Empire Cinema on Sep 23, 2014 at 2:44 pm

CF100 the sound bleed was a fairly noticeable rumble heard five or six times for up to 30 seconds..However the film in question was Lucy which has several explosive scenes.

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davepring commented about Empire Cinema on Sep 21, 2014 at 6:40 am

Incidentally Oz was screened in the academy ratio and there was no light bleed which gave the impression that the huge screen was masked.

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davepring commented about Empire Cinema on Sep 21, 2014 at 3:56 am

Just been back to the IMAX screen at the Empire..there is definite sound bleed from the IMPACT screen and very noticeable during Wizard of OZ (which looked fantastic) Both screens are doing good business in the evenings which bodes well for the future of the Empire but the sound bleed needs fixing.

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davepring commented about Empire Cinema on Sep 12, 2014 at 6:24 am

The only masked Imax is the Chinese in Hollywood as far as I know which also retains curtains.

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davepring commented about Empire Cinema on Sep 12, 2014 at 12:05 am

Your Liemax comments are completely unjustified…have you actually sat in the IMAX auditorium???.Empire have done a superb job on converting the former circle and the sound and picture quality are superb on the second largest screen in London.

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davepring commented about Pepsi IMAX Cinema on Aug 22, 2014 at 3:03 am

Actually it was a proper IMAX large format film venue. IMAX is now a digital operation and although some screens do not offer the immersive experience the BFI IMAX and Leicester Square Empire certainly do and are not LIE-MAX

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davepring commented about Empire Cinema on Aug 6, 2014 at 11:55 am

Have you visited the Empire???…the IMAX screen is huge and the projection first rate as is the quality of the conversion.