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DavidSimpson commented about Theatre De Luxe on Sep 15, 2014 at 10:58 pm

On a visit to Dublin in August 2014 I noted that the building is shuttered and apparently closed. See my photograph.

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DavidSimpson commented about Oscar's Cinema on Sep 15, 2014 at 10:21 pm

According to the ‘Islington Tribune’ (Friday 22 November 2013), Oscars had its licence revoked the preceding Monday due to breaches of licence conditions. These were unspecified, this cinema being briefly referred to in an article primarily about an adjacent sex cinema, the Abcat, which also had its licence revoked. (See the entry for the Abcat for further details.) The management at Oscars had said they would appeal. However, in August 2014, when I took my photographs, the cinema was still closed, with all signage removed.

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DavidSimpson commented about Abcat Cine Club on Sep 15, 2014 at 10:10 pm

According to an article in the ‘Islington Tribune’ (Friday 22 November 2013) the Abcat had its licence revoked the preceding Monday following a series of breaches of its conditions. Trading Standards officers posing as customers had witnessed “obscene and disorderly behaviour” inside the cinema, the cinema was appearing to operate without membership rules and a sexually explicit film which had no certificate was offered for sale to the officers. Furthermore, the management had been ordered to pay £1,094 in fines and costs at Highbury Magistrates' Court only the previous month after pleading guilty to licence breaches, and a police statement said the management had “shown a total disregard for the conditions of the licence, despite warnings”. Comedy writer and film historian (and local resident) David McGillivray (author of “Doing Rude Things”, a profile of the UK’s sex film industry) spoke in favour of the cinema at the hearing. Management said they would appeal, but in August 2014, when my photographs were taken, the premises were shuttered and the signage had been removed.

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DavidSimpson commented about Light House Cinema on Sep 2, 2014 at 9:56 pm

The undersides of Screen 1 and 2 are just visible.

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DavidSimpson commented about Hollywood Cinema on Sep 2, 2014 at 9:14 pm

In late 2013 it was announced that two further screens were to be added, and the area in front of the cinema would be fully pedestrianised. However, by August 2014, neither of these schemes had taken place.

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DavidSimpson commented about Gaumont Norwich on Sep 2, 2014 at 8:55 pm

See my photo taken in August 2014. The cinema was still standing, albeit in the process of demolition.

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DavidSimpson commented about Theatre Royal on Sep 2, 2014 at 8:50 pm

Further to Ken’s comments above, the Theatre Royal duly had a £10m refurbishment in 2007, designed by Tim Foster Architects. See my photos taken in August 2014.

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DavidSimpson commented about Regal Cinema on Sep 2, 2014 at 8:36 pm

By August 2014 the Regal had closed as a Wetherspoon pub and was occupied by a restaurant called Merge, specialising in Far Eastern cuisine (Singapore, Japan, China, Korea, Thailand). See my photo.

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DavidSimpson commented about Light Cinema on Sep 2, 2014 at 8:19 pm

During my visit in August 2014 I was told that it was hoped that the two screens in the basement, that, as Ken says, have been adversely affected by water damage, will open “very shortly”. The seating capacities of the other six screens, all above first floor level, are Screen 3: 275, Screen 4: 81, Screen 5: 177, Screen 6: 282, Screen 7: 105 and Screen 8: 116. This is a very imaginatively designed, spacious multiplex run by very friendly staff. Indeed, my screening (of the Luc Besson thriller “Lucy”) was personally introduced by a member of staff, who hoped we would enjoy the film (and reminded us to switch off our mobile phones – which seemed to work, as all the patrons complied – very unusual these days!). This was a nice touch; I was told that all screenings are introduced in this manner. In addition, Light do not charge an on-line booking fee and there is no extra charge for 3D screenings, aside from the purchase of the glasses, which can then be retained for future use. This is all very impressive from a newcomer to the UK’s multiplex scene (Light’s only other multiplex, at least for the time being, is at New Brighton, on the Wirral).

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DavidSimpson commented about Cinefamily at The Silent Movie Theatre on Jul 5, 2014 at 4:24 am

This really is an amazing survivor! I visited on 4th July 2014 to see the reissue of The Beatles' “A Hard Day’s Night”. A large, very appreciative audience thoroughly enjoyed the film, breaking out into spontaneous applause at the end. The cinema is what I describe as ‘endearingly ramshackle’, with four rows of two-seater sofas at the front and rows of truly ancient (possibly even 1942 original!) seats behind – and free-standing plastic seats at the end of every other row, to bump up the capacity! There’s also only one toilet closet for each sex, meaning queues before the feature comes on! There had been a live music event in the afternoon, and movies are just one aspect of the entertainment on offer. But there is a super, really imaginative line-up: long may this wonderful gem survive!

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DavidSimpson commented about Cinemark at the Pike on Jul 2, 2014 at 2:25 pm

I spent a very pleasant afternoon at the Cinemark on 29th June 2014 watching “22 Jump Street” in Screen 8. It has a rather plain frontage, but the foyer is large and spacious, with splendidly colourful decoration above the concession stand and the entrances to the screens. The auditoriums are extremely comfortable and the staff friendly and welcoming. It gets my recommendation!

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DavidSimpson commented about Sundance Cinemas Sunset 5 on Jul 2, 2014 at 3:59 am

I visited the Sunset 5 in July 2014 to see “Snowpiercer”, an apocalyptic fable based on a comic book, which I imagine is a typical ‘Sundance’ limited release offering. I’m pleased to say the 5pm show attracted a reasonable crowd. The cinema is in superb shape, with friendly staff and a really welcoming atmosphere. I have added a number of photos, including two of the upstairs lounge, no doubt a very nice area to relax in as part of a visit.

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DavidSimpson commented about El Capitan Theatre on Jul 2, 2014 at 3:12 am

I went to see “Malificent” last night, the recent re-working of ‘Sleeping Beauty’, starring Angelina Jolie. The feature was preceded by a very elaborate live magic show starring Greg Wilson which really added to the occasion. I’ve added some photos I took. They aren’t that great (I was in the back row of the circle) but hopefully they give an idea of the really elaborate lighting and stage effects. All this, and the film was in 3D (which was excellent), for only $13 for me as a senior (and only $16 for adults) made this a wonderful evening’s entertainment. And there was also a comprehensive display of props from the film! Just a shame the audience (for the 7.30pm show) was a bit sparse, with most of them in the stalls and only about half a dozen of us in the huge rear circle.

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DavidSimpson commented about Nuovo Gioiello on Jun 24, 2014 at 9:18 am

The cinema is on the right!

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DavidSimpson commented about Cinema Teatro Progresso on Jun 21, 2014 at 9:36 pm

By the time of my visit, in June 2014, the building was being used as a household goods shop.

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DavidSimpson commented about Cinema Teatro Corso and Corsino on Jun 21, 2014 at 9:22 pm

Further to the above comments, the new multiplex in the Centro Culturale Candiani opened in December 2013 and, on my visit to Mestre in June 2014, there were no films being advertised outside the Cinema Teatro Corso. Presumably, as predicted, it closed when the multiplex opened.

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DavidSimpson commented about Cinema Piave on Jun 21, 2014 at 8:49 pm

By June 2014, when my photographs were taken, the cinema had closed and was awaiting its fate.

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DavidSimpson commented about Henry's Hall on Apr 25, 2014 at 11:53 am

After standing empty for some years, Henry’s Hall was demolished in April 2014.

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DavidSimpson commented about Plaza Cinema on Dec 3, 2013 at 6:32 am

My scanned photographs were taken in December 1998.

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DavidSimpson commented about O2 ABC Glasgow on Dec 1, 2013 at 12:34 pm

My scanned photographs were taken in December 1998, when the cinema was fully open.

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DavidSimpson commented about Century Theatre on Nov 20, 2013 at 4:06 am

My scanned photographs were taken in September 1998.

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DavidSimpson commented about Scala Cinema on Nov 13, 2013 at 10:18 pm

My photographs were taken in September 2008.

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DavidSimpson commented about Frontier Cinema on Nov 12, 2013 at 11:31 am

I’m afraid I misread the internet. As the street view shows, the Foresters have moved out and, checking again, it appears their hall in Newry is now (November 2013) in William Street.

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DavidSimpson commented about Cinema on Nov 12, 2013 at 5:04 am

I can confirm that the Cinema closed at the end of summer 1977.

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DavidSimpson commented about Palace Cinema on Nov 11, 2013 at 1:33 pm

My photograph was taken in September 2008, evidently not long before the former cinema was renovated/reconstructed and reopened as a retail outlet.