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still standing as of today !
alas after 7 years of campaigns the owners have forced the leaseholders of the snooker hall to leave : if they start work by the 28th feb , this historic community building will be demolished
a rare diagram of what this place is and was about !
here’s a rare picture inside take by the great John Maltby
some great writing and pictures here from ian g
2.25 million pounds and it’s yours !!!
it was for many years called “the continental indoor market ” right up to demolition it seems. the outside was black and white fairly pain pillars, and not much of an interior when i went there as a kid shopping….
heres some scans from an 80 yr old astorian magazine
i remember the “ over and under ” system in 1981 : silver screen and polarised/splitter lens being hired from an independent supplier in soho ( central london ) : we used it at Streatham Odeon in screen 3 : film was called “Parasite ” : quite effective and ( to the best of my knowledge ) not owned or invented by Technicolor ! so bar lens resolution improving and finer grain stocks, is it essentially the same process ?
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have just purchased 4 postcards from ebay : herewith two lo-res links
: higher to follow : what an amazing cinema !
william, some validation in what you say : however : the Schauburg runs features off a cakestand in two parts on one DP 70 projector. obviously there is a lot of trust in the excellent team there.
also, there are fairly regularly shows over the States, check out the in 70 mm website .
seems the property developers have partially given in…. and allowed one of our stalwarts
James Hannaway ( rex berkhamstad ) to pop in and check the building out…
did any one know it was called the RIALTO for a while… who ran this..i thought it was Odeon to the end…
a more recent picture
herewith a program from 1937…
I worked there occasionally as relief projectionist in the evenings in the early 90’s.
The 1960’s Westars had very slow changeover shutters :they sometimes did a “wipe” across….
once, when i did a show for the birthday of film critic Phillip Berenson and friends we showed a fellini film that started off silent… then sound came through the projection box monitor…so all was fine….after a few minutes birthday boy arrived huffing at the projection door…quite high up…saying he knew the front was silent…but there was no sound at all….I stopped the show after going into the auditorium…and found that the speaker had been disconnected and wheeled away on the theatre stage…
herewith some pictures from 1967 featuring D150 : somewhat conflicting screen size : 62 feet …to er 79 ft later being nicer and er more accurate !
this I just found : looks like the auditorium would completely disappear just leaving the facade and foyer……
some more pix here
and a great picture of the car park sign featuring the original name ‘Rembrandt’
a sad set of pictures here…
and here’s some more !
some more pix here : check out the Al Jolson billboard remnants !