Comments from Mike_Blakemore

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Mike_Blakemore commented about ABC Harrow on Mar 25, 2015 at 8:40 am

A Point of Interest.. This Granada had been one of the joint ventures with ABC as partners…

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Waterloo Cinema on Mar 13, 2015 at 11:11 am

Space for TV equipment ??? 1931 a bit forward thinking..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about ABC Hanley on Mar 13, 2015 at 5:17 am

Hmm. Real ABC was a far more a successful company Profit wise then Rank Cinemas They had the better release with Warner.. MGM.. Paramount.. Then Rank had Fox and Universal with Disney at Holiday times.. The Quality of Old ABC’s New builds and refurbishments where of a very high standards compared with some of the EMI Moore-bird wrecking’s that where carried out. ABC used Modernisation Ltd., for most of the new build interiors

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Picture Palace on Mar 10, 2015 at 4:52 am

In all probability . The Cinema would have a barrel ceiling. and a very small proscenium. My betting is that it closed due to not being able to afford to install Cinemascope. like the present day problems of installing Digital projection.

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Queen's Theatre on Mar 6, 2015 at 8:52 am

Found an Early Picture// Hope I have got the right site..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Odeon Walsall on Feb 25, 2015 at 5:35 pm

In my childhood in the 1950’s the illuminated surround had been removed.. When the Stage was bought forward for Cinemascope the organ was hidden from view. There where 2 large doors under the screen that was opened when the organ was used.

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Cannon Chester on Feb 15, 2015 at 6:07 am

I did Relief Manager duties here in the 1970’s and got lumbered to do the Advance booking for 2 shows “Morecombe and Wise” and “The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra” At that time on our zone there was only a few of us that could do the old Moss Empire Booking System..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about ABC Sutton Coldfield on Feb 3, 2015 at 5:01 am

It was odd with the Cinema Although ABC rebranded it ABC The locals still refered to it as The Empress.

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Mike_Blakemore commented about On stage at the ABC Empress Cinema, Sutton Coldfield on Feb 3, 2015 at 4:52 am

I think the Mananger in the Picture was Norman Long..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Shipley Flicks on Jan 29, 2015 at 9:35 am

The conversion was designed and carried out by Modernisation Ltd., inc the Mirror system of projection.

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Cinema Royale on Jan 27, 2015 at 5:29 am

Woolworths used the Cinema part for a period.. Until knocking it down to build the New Woolworths in the late fifties Which has since become a BM Store

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Kings Cinema on Jan 16, 2015 at 7:53 pm

Frank Crane worked for us at the Penn Cinema Wolverhampton Prior to this and funny enough Gary went on to work at the Apollo (Regal) Leamington Spa. which used to be Ours..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Kings Cinema on Jan 13, 2015 at 11:54 am

The Interiors of the Complex including the attached Nightclub was a design build carred out by Modernisiation Ltd., I was going to be the General Manager of the Cinemas. and visited the project regular. Which including studying the plans.. and the updates. etc I decided to stay with B T Davis Circuit.. Money was better..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Dudley Hippodrome Theatre on Dec 30, 2014 at 10:09 am

Have loaded the picture of the Archibald Hurley Robinson Theatre. Our Company “The BT Davis Circuit signed contracts to Buy the Kennedy Circuit. but was gasumpt..

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Mike_Blakemore commented about Cameo Cinema on Dec 6, 2014 at 5:16 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 5:24 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 9:52 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 9:49 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 3:03 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 7:37 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 9:13 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 7:04 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 3:57 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 7:46 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 2:42 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.