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JACEY CINEMAS LIMITED
The Metro has been twinned it was owned by MGM until the late 70’s/80’s.
Hope they get shot of the awful white paint scheme.
Years ago I had an orange edition of the BKTS manual white included advise on building new cinemas and said auditoriums should be painted with darker colour schemes I know black is an extreme but white?
All but a few for different reasons were changed to just ABC from 1957 on wards.
The re branding to just ABC started in 1957 with the ABC Golders Green still with the triangle logo but no name through it. The change from triangle to Lozenge logo was done over the next few years not a direct change as seen today.
All ABC were know by their individual name up until 1960s i.e Ritz clearly seen inside the ABC triangle. So it would be Ritz, Regal, Savoy whatever an ABC THEATRE. From the 1960s the ABC triangle logo was replaced with the ABC lozenge logo with a small ABC logo appearing in the fourth lozenge until this small logo was replaced by EMI in the fourth lozenge. The individual names were dropped to become just ABC in this case ABC Market Harborough or ABC Northampton instead of Ritz or Savoy.
The last ABC CINEMA of the once great UK circuit closes its doors tonight.
The new Mayor has now stepped in.
Sadiq Khan today vowed to protect London’s historic buildings from developers with new planning rules.
The Mayor said he is planning regulations which mean developers building flats near existing venues will be responsible for soundproofing sites.
It comes after more than 25,000 people signed a petition to save Mayfair’s historic Curzon cinema, regularly used for film premieres, from being shut down over a soundproofing dispute.
Developers 38 Curzon ltd, who are converting office space above the cinema into luxury flats, have complained of noise from films shown there.
They want the 82-year-old cinema to foot the £500,000 bill for soundproofing work. But the the Curzon said it cannot afford and would “never obtain approval for as the auditorium and surrounding walls are listed”, according to director of cinema development Rob Kenny.
Don’t forget the Empire Leicester Sq cultman which is not longer a standard cinema even if it is still open.
When I started at the Odeon Haymarket in 1977 Odeon alone had the following West End Cinemas:
Odeon Leicester SqLeicester Square TheatreOdeon HaymarketOdeon St Martins LaneDominion Tottenham Crt RdOdeon Marble archOdeon KensingtonOdeon Swiss CottageOdeon Westbourne Grove
Astoria had just closed along with the Metropole and New Victoria.
Most of the Summer Season shows went to the ABC Great Yarmouth the following season.
The organ is on a lift it would be down while films were on the place opened after sound films had arrived even so the lift would be down if played to a silent film.
Whilst this is a superb site items like this never seem to get into the sites areas like US theatres in danger
The King And I had its joint World Premiere here 60 years ago today 28th June 1956 other premiere at the Roxy Theatre in New York
The King And I had its joint World Premiere here 60 years ago today 28th June 1956 other premiere at the Chinese Theatre in LA
Over the nights of 13 and 14 March 1941, the town was largely destroyed by a Nazi blitz, suffering the worst destruction and civilian loss of life in all of Scotland. 528 people died, 617 people were seriously injured.
Incredibly, the La Scala cinema was almost untouched, and provided a rallying point and clearing centre for those left homeless.
Have uploaded some scanned photos belonging to P. Leach whose father was the Chief Projectionist.
Yes not much presence in the West End for Odeon when I started with them they had Odeon L Sq, Haymarket, St Martins Lane, Marble Arch, Kensington, Chelsea, Westbourne Grove, Swiss Cottage, Dominion Tott Crt Rd, the Astoria had just opened Elvis show, Metropole and New Victoria had gone.
Demolition has begun.
Nice video however you are not lacing up the projector correctly. 1. you need to go between the smaller and larger rollers under the intermittent sprocket (if you run the way you have laced it will cause sound problems. 2 The film goes between the 2 small rollers below the bottom sprocket in the bottom fire trap. Nice to see the FP20 again.
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Leicester Square: Do London’s cinemas face a fight for survival?
Its a film on celluloid folks. If not handled right, you’ll have scratches, blotching, etc etc. Thats why we’ve got digital cough today. :)
Sorry but celluloid went quite a few years ago film stock has been polyester based for a long-time. No scratches is only a side advantage of Digital the prime reason for the change is cost savings all round production, distribution and exhibition.
Explains aspect ratio’s if you are interested.