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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
This cinemas was managed by Miles Jervis Cinemas It was owned by the Original Miles Jervis wife. who lived in a caravan at the back of the cinema. and used to take a Big teapot into the staff for the tea break
Its is a pity that there is no picture of the Proscenium end.
The Whit building shown was the Classic small old Dance Hall see other pictures.
Advert Walsall Observer 1944
Advert 1944 Walsall Observer
The Post Code is LL41 3UN
Thanks to Ivy Climbs for this advert
Firstly. John Cecil Clavering designed the whole thing. he with Roland Satchwell created Odeon look.. There is no evidence that Weedon designed a whole cinema.. Prior to the Odeon work he was assistant architect at the Harold Seymour Scott practice. Cleaving transferred from the Satchwell & Roberts co., (they were a larger Practice) to become Head architect . 16 cinemas Later Bullivant took his place. Weedon did prepare the budgets for the eighth cinema onwards in the Odeon Chain.
Secondly.. Ambak is correct.. It was designed in a morning. The Rank engineer Mr Poole and Morgonites technical Rep Les Castree along with a Bell and Howell 631 16mm Projector a step ladder. tape measure and chalk Les Castree did rough drawings, which Ranks Architects converted to proper drawings. The big mistake Rank did was not getting Modernisation Ltd., to do the job. So you could here 3 films at once It was a Moore Bird Job.. Noted for sound breakthrough..
Picture from Neville Cohen Grandson of Joseph Cohen
I have revamped the picture
On the News today that the frontage collapsed in the street….
popcorn pets He used to have the Ritz Nuneaton
The Bingo Operator was Parker Bros of Rhyl
The Film Producer Euan Lloyd started as a Trainee Manager Here Noted for working on the Bond Movies and later his own. “Shalako” “Wild Geese” “Sea Wolves” “Paper Tiger” to name a few. Plus some Travel films to accompany the Bond Movies. to achieve the British Quota showings ..
The Ceiling of the Cinema survived on the upper floor that was used as a gym. The stalls floor line is that used in the arcade.
On an odd note. Both Theatres designed by Thomas Guest got bombed in 1941 … Alexandra Theatre Hull
Correction They bought a Hurricane Fighter.
The Interior was identical to The ABC Empress Sutton Coldfield and the Exterior the same style as the Clifton Evesham second frontage
Forgot to mention I manage The Cinema During the last Four Weeks of its life as a Cinema.. It was Ironic that I did this as My Family owned the Theatre with the Westwood Family “Walsall Theatre Company” prior to it becoming ABC Managed.
It is remarkable that both of this Architects Theatres was bombed during the WW2.
This Building was used as the construction workshop for the Old Birmingham Rep Theatre