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Mike_Blakemore commented about Theatre De Luxe on Sep 19, 2017 at 5:29 pm

AndreaP Normal practice There is always a double entry on a complete rebuild.. Where walls of the old theatre are used again then there is only one entry..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Imperial Cinema on Sep 17, 2017 at 9:39 pm

Correction It was Hickton and Farmer that did the 1910 frontage…

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Regal Cinema on Sep 12, 2017 at 12:02 pm

It is interesting to note. That the leading lights of the Save the Regal trust had never watched a film at the cinema… Gordon Minturn our Manager told the press if this group have actually purchased tickets in the past to watch films then it would not be being sold. With the passing of the old owner B T Davis There was no sentiment They still own one Theatre The Savoy Monmouth that is now leased out to a Trust after I retired…

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Regal Cinema on Sep 11, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Forgot 1979 B T Davis intended to twin Marlow but died before in could be done.

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Regal Cinema on Sep 11, 2017 at 1:58 pm

I have found the pictures of the two Theatres. I have just put them on.. When We took over these theatres They were given a complete makeover by Modernisation Ltd., Including New Tabs, Screen, masking, Seats in the Circle Stalls refurbished Carpets Pay Box and Kiosk and re-wired.

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Regal Cinema on Sep 1, 2017 at 1:32 pm

John Angle took over the building from EMI and installed 35mm Projection . These were supplied by Les Castree who kept a lot of independents cinemas in business with his sensible terms

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Regal Cinema on Sep 1, 2017 at 1:27 pm

The Mayfair Circuit as an Oddity They were all owned by Essoldo and Managed by ABC

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Cannon Birmingham on Aug 23, 2017 at 5:01 pm

The Cinema was Bombed twice during WW2 .. The last one was a total wreck..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Capitol Cinema on Aug 23, 2017 at 6:12 am

It was an operating mosque within 2 – 3 years of us selling.. There is no misinformation in the above article. I was one of the owners of the Cinema.. We sold the site December 1996. what happened after was no concern of us. We took the money and ran.

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Cannon Walsall on Aug 13, 2017 at 6:13 pm

The Shop is Now “Poundland”

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Hippodrome Theatre on Aug 7, 2017 at 11:35 am

The Actor Jack Leslie Managed the Theatre before joining the long running British Soap Coronation Street as Jack Walker Landlord of the Rovers Return.

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Birmingham Empire Theatre on Jul 20, 2017 at 3:20 pm

The Empire was destroyed 24th October 1940 by enemy action.

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Apollo Picture Playhouse on Jul 6, 2017 at 9:04 pm

The Theatre was owned by “The Stockland green playhouse co.,

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Birks Cinema on Jul 6, 2017 at 12:23 pm

David Simpson A good set of pictures :)

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Stafford Cinema on Jul 3, 2017 at 4:10 am

The conversion into a Triple was designed and carried out by Modernisation Ltd., The Freeze – Greene company.

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Regal Theatre on Jun 16, 2017 at 6:26 am

Simon. BT Davis Family (51%) Ken Jones Family 25% , Dr Rowe (24%) bought the Theatre not sure of the exact year. Ken Jones Jr Managed the theatre.. I was B T Davis’s General Manager of his Birmingham Interests. I am just wrong with the year. It is a shame there are no Interior pictures of how it was. Considering it was an Andrew Mather design, the same architect that did Odeon Leicester square. These details are now correct. as being 1968. That question is now solved.

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Her Majesty's Theatre on Jun 15, 2017 at 8:27 pm

Picture taken 1904

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Odeon Leicester Square on Jun 5, 2017 at 2:16 pm

Hmm The First 7 Cinemas of what became The Odeon Circuit from Kingstanding onwards was really owned by Clifton of Birmingham . Sir Sidney Clift a Birmingham Solicitor appointed Deutch as Chair in Place of Leon Salberg of the Alexandra Theatre Birmingham who was dying. Clift being a practicing Solicitor it was not the done thing to do.. All Built Odeon had a large Clifton Syndicate presence, It must be remembered That Deutch and his wife Lillie had only 200 shares between them in each project.. Lillie ran a theatre furnishings company with Clift that supplied both Clifton’s and Odeons and that why they looked the same. J. Arthur Rank only purchased Deutch’s shares in the Management company in 1942.. 1947 Rank promoted shares in Odeon properties Ltd., During 1948 the complex process of buying out and share swapping took place. The share rights were offered to shareholders of the individual Odeon projects The Odeon Circuit history is very complex and not what it seems.. The Architects Clevering and Mather were also associates of Satchwell and Roberts Architects of Birmingham.. They created the Odeon Look. Not Weedon. Andrew Mather solely designed Odeon Leicester Square. Harry Weedon’s job was to manage the projects and produce the budget for the share holder prospectus’s

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Odeon Leicester Square on May 31, 2017 at 8:28 pm

Granadier…. As a point of interest each Granada was a separate project.. Both ABC and Rank had money in Granada. Now Those Granada’s that had ABC money was Ross-RCA Equipped. Rank money was GB Kalee Equipped. It also has to be remembered that the Bernstein’s had a management arrangement with J. Arthur Rank whilst Rank had money invested in Granada. (A name dropping moment) I met Sidney Bernstein when I was much younger when I worked with ABC as an Assistant Manager. Granada’s head office was diagonal to ABC’s in Golden Square. ABC had some of their offices in their building.. We have to give thanks that we once had so many individually magnificent Theatres – Cinemas whatever their ownership.. Unlike the bland boring bog standard modern ones we have today. Run by people that do not seem to have the same passion as our generation did.

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Metro Theatre on May 27, 2017 at 4:54 pm

Hmm Well I have just deleted the picture the picture … There is a mystery now.. and I cannot be asked.. to solve it.

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Hippodrome Cinema on May 16, 2017 at 7:02 pm

Both of their Cinemas burned down….

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Vogue Cinema on May 16, 2017 at 7:00 pm

The Entrance was down the side passage

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Picture House Stratford Upon Avon on May 11, 2017 at 5:34 am

Photo thanks to David Mills

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Odeon Walsall on Apr 26, 2017 at 8:12 pm

1941..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about ABC Blackpool on Apr 24, 2017 at 7:17 pm

Terry I have seen a picture and thought I had a copy. Someone had put it and a number of other pictures in a safe place