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Hello, Ranwell. The Odeon Haymarket closed January 2000. And “Regeneration” opened 21 11 97, though it may have played into 1998.
Not specified above, the cinema opened as the Capitol in 1927. In ‘29 it was the showcase venue for Hitchcock’s “Blackmail” with sound! And in '41 the first run of “Citizen Kane”.
The exterior impersonates the deluxe supercinema in “The Smallest Show on Earth”, the interiors being filmed atthe Odeon Richmond.
One movie I watched here in ‘87 was “84 Charing Cross Road”, the cinema being just around the corner from the titular address.
In 1937 the premiere of “Dark Journey” was given here, attended by its stars Conrad Veidt & Vivien Leigh.
I worked in the box office here 1985-91. There were several 70mm presentations in screen 1 during that time. They were : Revolution, Little Shop of Horrors, The Untouchables, The Witches of Eastwick, Cry Freedom, Ibdiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Batman. The last 70mm was Far abd Away in ‘92. Does anybody know what the first one was?
As of 1990 the #1 box office champion was “Dangerous Liaisons” with a gross of £243,000. The total gross in 1989 was £2,825,000; six times the 1985 figure during a flourishing period for the cinema. It was the first ABC/Cannon to have computerised ticketting in '87.
Would jconnolly be a son of the one-time manager?
Savoy Picture House, Victoria Street, Grimsby opened 1925. Later owned by Odeon & Focus. Last film was The Spy Who Loved Me before closure in 1977. Lovely exterior survives. Google McDonald’s Victoria Street Grimsby and click images.
Whitgift Film Theatre, Grimsby open 1972-date. 200 seat auditorium, now digital, embedded in a school.
In April 1980 the triple cinema re-opened with The Empire Strikes Back, American Gigolo & Kramer vs Kramer.
The last movie prior to tripling was Airport 80 The Concorde.
The ground floor of the Odeon Victoria Street had been occupied by McDonald’s since 1987.
I remember the 5 screen presentation (and the smoke effects for The Great Fire of London). It was certainly a cinema of some kind, as much as any location-specific movie presentation. I can confirm keiths observation thst it was first located in the old Lyons Corner House at the corner of Coventry Street & Rupert Street (now Planet Hollywood). Its second home in the Trocadero Centre occupied a space which was later used for the Guinness World of Records, then incorporated into the MGM Trocadero.
I don’t know the opening date but it was a little earlier than Ken has stated above. I watched “Thrill Ride” here 14 12 97.
The opening ceremony in 1934 was performed by Cary Grant.