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Mike_Blakemore commented about Odeon Walsall on Feb 26, 2015 at 12:35 am

In my childhood in the 1950’s the illuminated surround had been removed.. When the Stage was bought forward for Cinemascope the organ was hidden from view. There where 2 large doors under the screen that was opened when the organ was used.

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Cannon Chester on Feb 15, 2015 at 1:07 pm

I did Relief Manager duties here in the 1970’s and got lumbered to do the Advance booking for 2 shows “Morecombe and Wise” and “The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra” At that time on our zone there was only a few of us that could do the old Moss Empire Booking System..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about ABC Sutton Coldfield on Feb 3, 2015 at 12:01 pm

It was odd with the Cinema Although ABC rebranded it ABC The locals still refered to it as The Empress.

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Mike_Blakemore commented about On stage at the ABC Empress Cinema, Sutton Coldfield on Feb 3, 2015 at 11:52 am

I think the Mananger in the Picture was Norman Long..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Shipley Flicks on Jan 29, 2015 at 4:35 pm

The conversion was designed and carried out by Modernisation Ltd., inc the Mirror system of projection.

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Cinema Royale on Jan 27, 2015 at 12:29 pm

Woolworths used the Cinema part for a period.. Until knocking it down to build the New Woolworths in the late fifties Which has since become a BM Store

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Kings Cinema on Jan 17, 2015 at 2:53 am

Frank Crane worked for us at the Penn Cinema Wolverhampton Prior to this and funny enough Gary went on to work at the Apollo (Regal) Leamington Spa. which used to be Ours..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Kings Cinema on Jan 13, 2015 at 6:54 pm

The Interiors of the Complex including the attached Nightclub was a design build carred out by Modernisiation Ltd., I was going to be the General Manager of the Cinemas. and visited the project regular. Which including studying the plans.. and the updates. etc I decided to stay with B T Davis Circuit.. Money was better..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Dudley Hippodrome Theatre on Dec 30, 2014 at 5:09 pm

Have loaded the picture of the Archibald Hurley Robinson Theatre. Our Company “The BT Davis Circuit signed contracts to Buy the Kennedy Circuit. but was gasumpt..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Cameo Cinema on Dec 7, 2014 at 12:16 am

The Company that made Gyrotone sound systems owned the Cinema…

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Odeon Prestwich on Nov 28, 2014 at 12:24 am

I think this is the right photo… Its not very good..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Commodore Cinema on Nov 16, 2014 at 4:52 pm

The Organist Harry Davidson later Played the Organ at Our Regal Cinema Henley on Thames..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Commodore Cinema on Nov 16, 2014 at 4:49 pm

The Original General Manager was “Jack Hart” Who previous was general manager of “The Holborn Empire” He Trained the Manager (Frank W. Attoe) Who later trained me in management at the ABC Walsall…

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Grange Super Cinema on Nov 1, 2014 at 9:03 am

She Reminds me of the Cashier in the Film “The Smallest Show on Earth” :o)

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Scala Cinema on Nov 1, 2014 at 1:37 am

Do’s anybody know the date the Theatre was bombed during the second world war Please .. I am trying to do research on the subject..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Palace Theatre on Oct 29, 2014 at 3:13 pm

Hmm. There remains one Roland Satchell Live Theatre Left. When In Birmingham Visit “The Alexandra Theatre” The Frontage has been cladded But the fine Interior is intact…

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Lozells Picture Theatre on Oct 29, 2014 at 1:04 am

This Picture if of the Shareholders and staff preparing for a day out…

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Warwick Cinema on Oct 22, 2014 at 10:57 am

@ Harryrig. I was present at that demonstration I ran the Capitol at Alum Rock. and “The Regal was a sister Theatre to Ours

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Odeon Birmingham on Oct 21, 2014 at 2:46 am

Leslie Holderness ended up a Supervisors for the Clifton Cinema Circuit.. There is a picture of him on the Regal Wolverhampton listing (First Left)

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Piccadilly Cinema on Oct 11, 2014 at 9:42 pm

Doug was the manager. I had been told he was going to the Capitol when Sparkbrook closed. Johnny Brockington phined me up and in the conversation told be that Doug Did not make the move.. within 10 days I had been appointed Manager of the Capitol Doug went to the Warwick Acocks Green.

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Piccadilly Cinema on Oct 11, 2014 at 5:22 pm

@ Michael1948 I used to do relief for Doug Reeves.. From memory they used to have a female Projectionist there. and for a short time The District Offices wher there… Peter Albutt. Jim Hunt was engineer

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Imperial Cinema on Sep 30, 2014 at 1:59 pm

In 1898 ish.. The Walsall Theatre Company had planned a brand new Theatre on the Imperial Site. which involved taking over extra land to the left. The Walsall Council it seems offered the land that was earmarked but never used for the new Walsall Townhall. So they Built the Spectacular “Her Majesties Theatre” on Townend Bank..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Imperial Cinema on Sep 30, 2014 at 1:51 pm

I think I have found an error.. Hmm using other sources It looks as though Archibald Hurley Robinson had no had if the Major change for Sound films or the current frontage. This was based theory was based on the “Rookery Cinema” Handsworth Birmingham which is credited as an Hurley Robinson design by the experts.. The Architect that should be credited should be the local firm of “Hickton and Falmer” That did other work for the Walsall Theatre Company.. At the same time calls into question the Rookery Cinema. which could have been one of the lost Hickton and Falmer designs..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about ABC Commodore Cinema on Sep 16, 2014 at 5:42 pm

I have revamped this picture..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Odeon Kingstanding on Sep 10, 2014 at 12:25 pm

Referring to my previous comments. On further research. The Theatre along with Odeon Warley.. Stafford.. Shirley. Kettering.. Hereford.. and another one, Which is possibly the built Odeon Bradford Where controlled by the Clifton Syndicate (share wise all except the 200 shares in each site J. Arthur Rank had purchased off the Deutsch Family ). until Rank – Odeon did a Share rites issue in December 1947 to buy up anomalies like these theatres. Most Built Odeon’s had a Clifton Syndicate holding of a lesser degree. Hmm So we ended up buying shares in the Odeon Properties Ltd., So they could by us out of these odd companies..