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The Film Producer Euan Lloyd started as a Trainee Manager Here Noted for working on the Bond Movies and later his own. “Shalako” “Wild Geese” “Sea Wolves” “Paper Tiger” to name a few. Plus some Travel films to accompany the Bond Movies. to achieve the British Quota showings ..
The Ceiling of the Cinema survived on the upper floor that was used as a gym. The stalls floor line is that used in the arcade.
On an odd note. Both Theatres designed by Thomas Guest got bombed in 1941 … Alexandra Theatre Hull
Correction They bought a Hurricane Fighter.
The Interior was identical to The ABC Empress Sutton Coldfield and the Exterior the same style as the Clifton Evesham second frontage
Forgot to mention I manage The Cinema During the last Four Weeks of its life as a Cinema.. It was Ironic that I did this as My Family owned the Theatre with the Westwood Family “Walsall Theatre Company” prior to it becoming ABC Managed.
It is remarkable that both of this Architects Theatres was bombed during the WW2.
This Building was used as the construction workshop for the Old Birmingham Rep Theatre
This Cinema was owned by “The Lyons Estate”
The Mayfair Cinema (Birmingham) Ltd., was a 50-50 owned between the Vitoria Playhouse Group and the Lyons Estate.
terry.. I was being sarcastic…. :o)
The conversion into three screens was carried out by Moorebird Ltd., They did a usually a cheap and cheerful job. that leaked sound badly …
I did Management Reliefs from March 1968 till it closed as a cinema. Last Manager was Ray Adams
This Picture was taken by Bill Green for me.
The picture is from the Architectural Review of 1920.
Correct. The Last Paragraph is wrong The second screen was added in the 1990’s by Classic Cinemas soon after their take over from Jacey.
Picture taken by Mike Brazier..
Prior to The ABC take over it was run as part of the BT Davis Circuit of Birmingham…
The Cinema – Bingo Development was designed by Modernisation Ltd. (John Freeze-Green) He had a financial interest in this site for a number of years.
The Kine Year Book of 1962 at that date Star Cinemas were running the Cinema. The Conversion was carried out by Modernisation Ltd.,
The 1964 refurbishment for the Bingo and the conversion to Cinema-Bingo was carried out by Modernisation Ltd.,
Love that Interior Picture Terry. A Very fine example of a Robert Cromie’s work. The Prince of Wales Theatre London and the Theatre Royal Drury Lane Remodel. Great building always end up having something insipid to replace them.
Grade 2 and below are not worth the papers they are listed on….