Comments from davepring

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davepring commented about Boyd Theatre demolition begins on Mar 20, 2014 at 11:58 am

A dreadful decision for such an iconic cinema

davepring commented about Odeon Muswell Hill on Mar 17, 2014 at 4:11 am

this is my favourite Odeon…I just wish that the stalls void was reused in a similar vein to the Rex Berkhamstead

davepring commented about Empire Cinema on Mar 12, 2014 at 4:55 pm

I hate those blue led frames . I guess they are low maintenance but have no place in the West End where very few cinemas still use tabs with the exception of The Prince Charles, Curzon Mayfair and Odeon Leicester Square.

davepring commented about Empire Cinema on Mar 11, 2014 at 3:26 pm

The Empire dating from 1962 until its subdivision lasted in its original form longer than the majority of West End Cinemas.The Plaza was twinned in the late 60s and The Warner in the early 70s.I think Ranks zing treatment was unnecessary but at least recent renovations improved the look of the Odeon.

davepring commented about Empire Cinema on Mar 11, 2014 at 4:59 am

Some of the viewing rooms at the Empire are not that bad…I was in screen six recently..only 26 seats but a large digital screen much bigger than those at Odeon Studios Leicester Square.Empire One has now been closed for seven months so I hope the work is sympathetic to George Coles design and having seen the computer renderings this seems to be the case.

davepring commented about Empire Cinema on Feb 6, 2014 at 9:52 am

The Empire Imax screen is now scheduled to open late March/early April and the Impact screen in May.

davepring commented about Odeon Camden Town on Nov 21, 2012 at 9:14 am

You were sitting in the largest screen, an extension of the original balcony from the 1960s conversion.3 smaller screens have been carved out of the rear circle with the fifth screen in the former projectionists training area.

davepring commented about Odeon Swiss Cottage on Oct 27, 2012 at 1:25 pm

I visited the Swiss Cottage Odeon today to see their IMAX presentation of Skyfall. I am normally very critical of Odeon sites but this one exceeds all expectations. There is little remaining of the Art Deco interior but at least the circle foyer has been reinstated and is now the stylish Amber Bar. The Imax auditorium, the former circle is massive and the deco ceiling troughs are still in situ and the screen presentation was impressive.

davepring commented about Electra Cinema on Oct 26, 2012 at 4:40 am

I used to visit this cinema as a child.If a film was in cinemascope the masking had to be manually adjusted by a pully mechanism at the side of the proscenium curtains.Featuring mostly family friendly films at cheap prices this was a lovely small town cinema.

davepring commented about Odeon Oxford, George Street on Jul 27, 2012 at 2:14 am

Although the exterior is in good shape the interior is a typically botched Odeon conversion with sound bleeds from the circle minis into the cinemas below…avoid !!

davepring commented about County Cinema on Jul 21, 2012 at 12:57 am

The corner block was the Royal Clarence Hotel originally and in a similar style to the victorian theatre

davepring commented about Regal Cinema on Apr 27, 2012 at 2:47 am

The Regal has indeed reopened, restored to its former glory with a similar auditorium layout to the Rex in Berkhamsted.Two further intimate screens are due to open on the fourth level of the building in the summer of 2012

davepring commented about Empire Screen 2 on Apr 12, 2012 at 6:39 am

Empire 2 has now been refurbished and has stadium seating and capacity is now 304.

davepring commented about Duke of York's Picture House on Apr 1, 2012 at 9:54 am

Cinema to be refurbished in the summer with new seating and decoration and an additional 3 screens to open at Komedia Brighton in Dec 2012

davepring commented about Screen Winchester on Mar 8, 2012 at 11:54 am

A great cinema with Sony 4k digital projection

davepring commented about Shepherd's Bush Pavilion on Oct 30, 2011 at 12:40 pm

So many of Ranks former cinemas are now derelict eyesores

davepring commented about Showcase Cinema de Lux Bristol on Aug 29, 2011 at 3:06 am

I am not a great fan of multiplexes but this one is brilliant ..visited recently very clean comfortable foyers and screens esp Directors Hall…Odeon take note!!

davepring commented about San Francisco's classic Clay Theatre closing on Aug 17, 2010 at 2:03 am

Exactly why are Landmark closing this gem of a the lease up or has a lucrative offer been made for the site??

davepring commented about Reel York on Jun 25, 2010 at 9:37 am

Screen 5 has a capacity of 35. 3D equipment has now been installed in screen 1 and is due to be installed in screen 2

davepring commented about Britain's oldest cinema prepares for a glorious sequel on Jun 25, 2010 at 9:34 am

With respect the Duke of York cinema in Brighton is marginally older than the Phoenix and has retained the same name throughout its nearly 100 years of existence

davepring commented about ABC Islington on Apr 6, 2010 at 10:17 am

Just checked the site Simon and it does work :)

davepring commented about Castro Theatre on Mar 19, 2010 at 12:43 pm

Thats a great photo from the 40s…the Castro is my favourite theatre on the West Coast…but its a long way from Brighton U.K :)

davepring commented about White Palace Cinema on Feb 19, 2010 at 10:45 am

One of a few cherished cinemas in Pontypridd and like the County, Palladium, Park and Town Hall long gone.

davepring commented about ABC Islington on Dec 2, 2009 at 10:54 am in carlton islington in the search bar..details below:


Full titles read: “EIGHT PIANO RHAPSODY – Produced by Phil Finch. Filmed at Carlton Cinema, Islington, London.”

L/S’s of the pianists playing their pianos (it’s quite a spectacle). There are several good C/U’s and M/S’s of the pianists (Unfortunately this cataloguer cannot identify them). L/S’s and M/S’s of the audience watching solemnly from their seats.

Issue Date: 23/10/1933 Sound: Yes
Time in: 01:18:11:00 Time out: 01:21:49:00
Canister: PT 187 Film ID: 1090.12
Sort number: PT 187 Tape: PM1090
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davepring commented about ABC Islington on Dec 2, 2009 at 10:13 am

on the pathe news website there is a short film of a stage show at the Carlton in the early 1930s…the film shows 7 grand pianos being played on stage and the camera pans around the auditorium.In the closing moments you see the original screen tabs and organ,marvelous stuff!