Showing 1 - 25 of 384 comments
Apollo Did put screen in the cafe. My associate supplied the Projection Equipment
See Notes I put on to the Picture I loaded..
Hmm Sorry for the typing error AGE…..
Its amazing how many top class Theatres have been knocked down just to provide a car park
I forgot to mention from my notes Modernisation Ltd., The Freize-Greene company did the interior decor and fittings. I believe it was Hall Stage that fitted out the stage house
This is a very difficult Project as there is already a Fine Theatre in Bradford.. “The Alhambra” The Lottery Fund only gives money Providing other monies are obtained.. Another place to look is the EU communities Fund… Good Luck..
It was at the ponit of building this Cinema That the parent company bought in B. T Davis a Birmingham accontant to be a Director.. To protect the company from being taken over by Sidney Clift and his associates, which at the time had a substantial interest in the Company.. The following Cinema the Capitol Built was “The Olton Cinema” where they used another architect that had no connection to Clift..
Pictue from the Walsall History
My Company had dealt with John Friese Greene’s company Modernisiation Ltd. for over 50 years I had planned to do a Project in 1996 but alas it was not to be He died before the Savoy could be done.. In that time we never had a written contract for any of the major works he did for us.
Kenneth Friese Greene was the Son of William Friese Greene…
Hmm @ Gooper. I would not call your comment negative .. Hmm More incisive.. or Probably right.. Then again I am cynical ..
Hmm.. Thanks “AJHill” That picture has made me smile..
How usage of words change over the years..
Hmm I remember when as I child attending an open Air Theatre in Wales.. When it rained we had to stand on the stage.. until it passed.. Mind you on Christmas Island .. They get excited when it rains as we do for Sun..
Hmm That is very sad news of one of Our old Theatres..
Have placed an early picture of the Facade.. Which shows it was far higher then it is to-day
@ ritzman. Thats a Good and Bad picture of the demoilition.. If you see what I mean..
An Historical Note.. Notice the “Air Raid Siren” to the right of the Cinema.
UpDate. J.D. Wetherspoons have granting Change of Use… To a Pub.. The Interior of the Cinema alas got damaged during the long years of dereliction. Nothing remains.. So anything They do is an improvement..
Thanks to HJHill for the photo..
Our Associtaed company.. The Clifton Cinema (Ludlow)Limited. They had a big problem when building the cinema. They could not raise all the finance needed.. If You notice the odd frontage. They just chopped off the right hand side of the frontage. The Projection Beams came from the corner of the Cinema.. The apperture plates where unusual to cope with the keystone…
In 1961.. The Theatre was taken over by The B.T. Davis Circuit based in Birmingham. Rank for some reason had removed the GB Kalee Equipment.. The BTH came from a Clifton Cinema that had closed around that time.. This was intended only to be a short term measure. This was bought as a Job Lot of Cinemas BT had bought off Rank which included Chepstow.. Lydney.. Cinderford and Monmouth, Monmouth (Savoy) is still owned by B T Davis Daughter and Grand Children
The Shell of the Old Palace Cinema had now been demolished
Hmm. I’m an Ex ABC man From the Sir Philip Walter era. When ABC was at it best…
Hmm. Just a Thought.. an odd piece of Trivia. The Freehold of the Odeon New Street is owned by Oscar Deutsch’s old school “King Edward Grammar”
@ Michael Brent. You are right.. I forgot to mention that.. Age….