Comments from Mike_Blakemore

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Cannon Rotherham on Jun 13, 2018 at 4:05 am

ABC Leased the cinema in 1929 for 10 years

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Stafford Cinema on May 26, 2018 at 3:24 am

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.

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Stafford Cinema on May 26, 2018 at 3:17 am

The Cinema has now reopened

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Triangle Cinema on May 25, 2018 at 11:48 am

The Triangle Cinema was not in that building

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Lyttleton Cinema on May 24, 2018 at 10:16 am

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.

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Savoy Cinema on May 24, 2018 at 10:10 am

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.

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Grand Cinema on May 8, 2018 at 5:10 am

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..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Gaumont Nottingham on May 8, 2018 at 4:54 am

I have tided up the picture

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Grand Central Cinema on May 2, 2018 at 9:14 am

The Kine year Book was always notorious for being incorrect

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Palace Cinema on Apr 30, 2018 at 4:40 pm

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.

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Radway Cinema on Apr 30, 2018 at 11:16 am

This cinema was ran for a number of years by The Mike Jervis Circuit based at West Bromwich

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Palace Cinema on Apr 17, 2018 at 5:46 am

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

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Astoria Theatre on Apr 1, 2018 at 2:07 am

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.

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Her Majesty's Theatre on Mar 28, 2018 at 1:31 am

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.

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Essoldo King's Heath on Mar 20, 2018 at 6:50 am

Reports are in the rear is now demolished.

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Picturedrome on Mar 17, 2018 at 5:42 am

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

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Moseley Picture House on Mar 15, 2018 at 12:01 pm

Was Owned by Parry Enterprise Ltd who also owned The Waldolf Sparkbrook

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Cinemax Cinema on Feb 22, 2018 at 9:42 am

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 .

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Capitol Cinema.. refurb for 70mm screen on Feb 15, 2018 at 4:45 am

I still have the original painting

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Metropole Cinema on Feb 3, 2018 at 10:14 am

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..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Palace Theatre on Jan 31, 2018 at 2:24 pm

Photo Maureen Rushton

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Classic Cinema on Jan 22, 2018 at 10:42 am

Vic Oliver was the Son-in-law of Winston Churchill

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Mike_Blakemore commented about ABC Stirchley on Jan 21, 2018 at 10:33 am

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..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about ABC Stirchley on Jan 20, 2018 at 4:04 am

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

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Mike_Blakemore commented about ABC Stirchley on Jan 18, 2018 at 10:09 am

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