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ABC Leased the cinema in 1929 for 10 years
The Cinema was not built for Odeon…This was one of 7 cinemas built for the Clifton Syndicate. Sidney Clift’s business partner Leon Salberg thoughtlessly went and died. Oscar Deutch who was a close friend was appointed as Chair by Clift. J Arthur Rank launched a Rights Share issue November 1947 to purchase the oddities of the Circuit Hmm over 300 companies each Odeon was a separate company. A cleaver system devised by Sidney Clift to finance them.
The Cinema has now reopened
The Triangle Cinema was not in that building
A large number of Recycled bricks were used from the demolition of Her Majesty’s Theatre Walsall Before Sidney Bray Died He had the cinema completely Redecorated Re-seated. New Tabs and Carpets etc. So his children would not have to worry for a long time.
From My experience of a re-building after a fire More often then no the Walls survive quite well I have known one cinema survive 2 fires re Odeon Walsall were the foyer, walls and concrete circle survived So would be economic to keep the Walls and frontage In that area all the properties are owned by one family and set in plots, so they could not expand on the footprint of the building and have the plans approved by the Mostyn Family At one time I had hoped to have taken over the Savoy from Alan Hutchinson alas not to be.
Mr Wright Had put the Theatre up for Auction.. We Theatre Administration Ltd., who had the Clifton in the Town was going to attend and bid for the Grand.. Granada circumvented the Auction and made an offer to Mr Wright.. the rest is history I must add that the Grand was kept immaculately by Mr Wright..
I have tided up the picture
The Kine year Book was always notorious for being incorrect
The Palace was part of the Cinema Proprietors Ltd., The Group had a management arrangement wit ABC They were not bought out completely until the 1950’s The Bulk of the ABC Cinemas in and around Birmingham was part of the deal.
This cinema was ran for a number of years by The Mike Jervis Circuit based at West Bromwich
It looks from the picture that the old Palace was knocked down except for the Entrance and rebuilt longer ang higher with a Balcony and Projection box on the front of the building
Yes.. Which proves grade ll status is not worth the paper its written on. work should be aimed at minimum of Grade ll star and there are very few of them in the UK.
Error Moss Empire never operated the Theatre. They just presented Shows there for a percentage fee. Nothing else. The WALSALL THEATRE COMPANY still had a control on the 4 theatres until 1956 when ABC finally paid out. Remember Associated British Cinemas meant what it said on the label It was a large number of Companies.
Reports are in the rear is now demolished.
Having studying the Pictures of the cinema I believe it was designed by Hickton and Farmer who designed a number of cinemas around the area
Was Owned by Parry Enterprise Ltd who also owned The Waldolf Sparkbrook
From 1962 ABC cinema had a policy in dropping the name eg Ritz and standardising to ABC for their main theatre in a town or area .
I still have the original painting
I did a holiday management relief there… 1973… The central heating system was odd The boiler ran on fine coal powder blown into the boiler. ABC still used coal there because the cinema was in a coal mining area.. The cinema had just been repainted Best described as Bingo vile Hmm soon after it became Bingo..
Photo Maureen Rushton
Vic Oliver was the Son-in-law of Winston Churchill
Well Bingo had different Licensing rules It was a social Club at the very start Drink had to be separate but rules were relaxed.. Cinemas today that is designed for the more mature age group are now allowed booze in the auditorium They are referred to as Boutique Cinemas..
No There was no Bar during the Cinema era. That type of cinema would never be allowed a Bar.
My own cinema for one night only had a temporary bar for Racing Car Films which was bought in by a Caterer If they had have done something like that it could have been done . But ordinary films it was a no no because people would end up taking their glasses into the auditorium .
I hasten to add we only allowed them to get a temporary licence once but found we could not control the glass problem .. So we refused to do it again as we did not want to get on the Bad side of the licensing Authority
Yes There was bars in the Bingo times The curved section at the top was a head of a staircase That curve was reshaped from memory with the new build of the bowling alley