Comments from Mike_Blakemore

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Cameo Cinema on Dec 6, 2014 at 4:16 pm

The Company that made Gyrotone sound systems owned the Cinema…

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Odeon Prestwich on Nov 27, 2014 at 4:24 pm

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 8:52 am

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 8:49 am

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 2:03 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 Oct 31, 2014 at 6:37 pm

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 8:13 am

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 28, 2014 at 6:04 pm

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 2:57 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 20, 2014 at 6:46 pm

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 1:42 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 9:22 am

@ 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 5:59 am

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 5:51 am

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 9:42 am

I have revamped this picture..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Odeon Kingstanding on Sep 10, 2014 at 4:25 am

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..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Avion Super Cinema on Sep 10, 2014 at 4:07 am

Hmm I had a senior moment when loading picture. Its Roland Satchwell and not Ronald..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Avion Super Cinema on Sep 10, 2014 at 4:06 am

The Blue Plaque details wrong Roland Satchwell designed 80 Cinemas and 2 live theatres and was also a Director of around 30 Cinemas The comment in the first Paragraph commenting on the Odeon Style of this building.. Is Very simple Roland Satchwell and Cecil Clavering created the Odeon Look at the Odeon Kingstanding and Warley These Cinema although Branded as Odeon where in fact controlled by the Clifton Circuit (Share wise) until 1947-48

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Cannon Sheffield on Sep 2, 2014 at 5:26 am

So right terry…. The mulitplexes lack a Magic the old ones had…

What is the use of 12 Screens plus.. when there are not enough good films to show. I have been a Cinema veteran for 4 years and I have not used my Veterans pass yet..

Problem with to-days multiplexes they a refreshment Vendors that also shows films as a side line..
Here endeth to-days rant..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Rutland Picture House on Aug 27, 2014 at 3:10 am

A Point of interest Modernisation Ltd., become “Chart Developments” They did a lot of work at Disney France.. The Castle and most of Main Street

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Apollo 4 Cinema on Aug 19, 2014 at 8:19 am

I have now loaded the picture of the Stage area before the 70mm conversion..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about ABC Newbury on Aug 15, 2014 at 7:29 am

It would be very interesting to find out. To me it stylisticly looks like a David Evelyn Nye. design.. Who did Our Regal Cinema Marlow

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Clifton Leominster on Aug 13, 2014 at 1:19 pm

The Building has recently re-opened as a Bingo Hall

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Mike_Blakemore commented about ABC Dover on Aug 10, 2014 at 9:08 am

Answer to ritzman… the reason is Rates….. and removal of seats..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about O2 Apollo Manchester on Jul 23, 2014 at 2:11 pm

Apollo Did put screen in the cafe. My associate supplied the Projection Equipment