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Ian commented about Regal Cinema on May 12, 2015 at 2:21 pm

A photo of the derelict Regal here:–

REGAL

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Ian commented about Towcester Cinema on Apr 25, 2015 at 11:06 am

A photo of the derelict building here, dating from circa 1975.

TOWCESTER CINEMA

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Ian commented about Tivoli Cinema on Mar 14, 2015 at 10:57 am

Major fire 14 March 2015:–

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-31886312

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Ian commented about King's Picture Hall on Mar 11, 2015 at 4:02 pm

A photo of the Kings operating as a bingo hall here:–

KINGS CINEMA

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Ian commented about Palace Cinema on Mar 11, 2015 at 3:57 pm

A photo of the Palace can be found here:–

PALACE THEATRE

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Ian commented about Odeon Wood Green on Mar 6, 2015 at 3:25 am

Some 2015 shots:–

FACADE

STAGE

AUDITORIUM

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Ian commented about Vue Wood Green on Mar 6, 2015 at 3:22 am

A 2015 shot as the Vue:–

VUE CINEMA

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Ian commented about Pocklington Arts Centre on Feb 14, 2015 at 11:25 am

The former front stalls area of the cinema in 2008

ARTS CENTRE

and the current auditorium in what appears to be an extension to the balcony

ARTS CENTRE

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Ian commented about Pavilion Cinema on Feb 11, 2015 at 8:31 am

Two interior shots from 2007

CEILING

PROSCENIUM

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Ian commented about Theatre Royal on Feb 11, 2015 at 8:10 am

Post fire shot of the Theatre Royal here:–

THEATRE ROYAL

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Ian commented about Regal Centre on Feb 11, 2015 at 8:08 am

Interior shots of the Regal in 2011 here:–

PROSCENIUM

BALCONY CINEMA

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Ian commented about Palace Cinema on Feb 11, 2015 at 8:02 am

Another picture of the Palace in 2007 here:–

PALACE CINEMA

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Ian commented about Picture House on Feb 11, 2015 at 7:59 am

Another (festive!) photo of the Picture House:–

PICTURE HOUSE

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Ian commented about Grand Theatre & Opera House on Feb 11, 2015 at 7:56 am

Interior photos of the Grand Theatre here:–

LEEDS GRAND STAGE

LEEDS GRAND AUDITORIUM

LEEDS GRAND THEATRE

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Ian commented about Regal Cinema on Feb 11, 2015 at 7:47 am

A photo of the derelict foyer block here:–

REGAL CINEMA

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Ian commented about Empire Theatre on Feb 11, 2015 at 7:45 am

Apparently constructed on the stadium principle with a steeply raked rear section utilising the hillside on which it is built. It is located in a residential area on the outskirts of town. The stage does not have a fly tower.

Another photo from the other side here:–

EMPIRE THEATRE

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Ian commented about Majestic Cinema on Jan 9, 2015 at 4:34 am

January 2015 update. The auditorium interior has now been completely removed, along with the remains of the roof, leaving just the outside walls. Difficult to see from outside, but it looks like at least part of the balcony has also been demolished. Photos:–

MAJESTIC CINEMA

MAJESTIC CINEMA

MAJESTIC CINEMA

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Ian commented about Odeon West End on Jan 4, 2015 at 4:03 am

A night time photo taken during the last weeks of operation here:–

ODEON WEST END

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Ian commented about Gaiety Cinema on Dec 20, 2014 at 12:22 pm

The Aberdeen Walk Picture House was designed by Frank Tugwell and opened on Saturday 10th September 1920. It was a unique design in that the company had intended to buy a plot of land to the right of the cinema and the design incorporated this increased width. In the event the land was not available and the design was adapted to a lopsided interior as if one third of the width had been lopped-off.

It was equipped with a small stage which was often pressed into use in the Summer season, and by 1960 it was announced that it would become a permanent live theatre under the Gaiety name, although this was short lived as by 1963 it was a bingo hall.

Towards the end of the first decade of the 21st Century the hall was gutted at ground floor level and a modern shop interior inserted as a short-lived department store in the style of Woolworths, later it was taken over by the British Heart Foundation as a furniture outlet.

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Ian commented about Londesborough Theatre on Dec 20, 2014 at 11:51 am

Opened as the Londesborough Rooms on the 14th November 1871, a multi-purpose ballroom, concert hall and meeting room, with a flat stalls floor and two balconies with side balconies entending to the raised platform stage and possibly a third flat fronted balcony at the rear.

It was designed by Messrs Stewart & Bury of Scarborough for Mr Waddington, a pianoforte manufacturer who owned an adjacent shop. After only six months extensive alterations took place to remove the platform and build a conventional stage, and to rake the stalls seating. It reopened 13th July 1872 as the Londesborough Theatre.

It was again rebuilt internally in the winter of 1913/14 when Mr Watson of Leeds designed a completely new theatre – only the outer walls survived. This included a projection box and the theatre opened with a film on 11th July 1914, but reverted to stage shows immediately after with a variety show headed by George Formby. In 1925 the last recorded stage performance took place – the musical “The Geisha Girl”, and films took over completely until closure on the 19th September 1959.

By now much of the building was disused – the stage still containing act-drops, the upper levels and bars closed off, and the caverous basement (once advertised as one of only two artificial ice-rinks in Europe) derelict. It had been sold for £27,000 in August 1959 and demolition commenced 3rd June 1960, completed by the end of August.

It was, for much of its later life owned by Londesborough and Capitol Cinemas (Scarborough) Ltd, and run in tandem with the nearly opposite Capitol Cinema. Interior photographs and plans have been frustratingly impossible to locate.

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Ian commented about Grand Picture House on Dec 20, 2014 at 11:22 am

I have just updated Google street view to a rather distorted image under the Grand Hotel. The bricked up arch to wards the left is, I believe, part of the foyer area of the cinema, but the site is now covered by the road which was made a dual carriageway. The auditorium was long and narrow and stretched across to the right of the streetview.

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Ian commented about Memo Arts Centre on Dec 19, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Photos from 2012 – the Memo should make a great place to see a film.

FOYER

AUDITORIUM

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Ian commented about Majestic Cinema on Dec 12, 2014 at 11:42 am

A photo of the facade in 2002:–

MAJESTIC

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Ian commented about Kings Lynn Arts Centre on Nov 28, 2014 at 4:35 am

Further photos from November 2014 here:–

EXTERIOR

FOYER

AUDITORIUM

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Ian commented about Pilot Cinema on Nov 28, 2014 at 4:31 am

The Pilot cinema was demolished in the summer of 2014.