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Demolition of a derelict town centre cinema in Kent, branded as a “grot spot” is due to start this week.
The former ABC cinema in the centre of Tunbridge Wells has been derelict for nearly 14 years despite a number of demolition and redevelopment plans.
Work was due to start on Monday but work to make safe the electricity and gas supplies has delayed demolition.
A former dental surgery on the site will pulled down first, with the project due to take 12 weeks.
Liberal Democrat councillor Ben Chapelard, who has campaigned for the redevelopment of the site, has previously called it the town’s “number one grot spot”.
In February, the Conservative-led borough council issued a demolition notice on the owners.
From BBC News
Many theatres have had previous names some of them many previous name therefore it would be difficult to list theatres by all their names, even if all those previous names were provided by the person listing the theatre. There is a section on the right of the page that lists previous names.
Good news The Regent has been opened as a Show Bar and Nightclub.
Looks like its being demolished.
“The renderings bear the logo of UNICK Architects”
Takes someone with ball’s to gut the old Empire.
Bearing in mind i’m talking 1999 IMAX went much further than the THX installations you could only use Sonics sound systems for example and all materials were approve and the set up of the projection room including a positive air pressure inside the projection areas to stop dust coming in when doors were opened, possibly less important with digital projection than for film however with the size of the images involved it may still be a requirement just less surfaces for dust to get on.
“In my view, unlike the IMPACT auditorium, they really have got it right—accepting that it’s a automated digital cinema—this really is a flagship “West End” cinema with the attention to detail you’d expect!”
IMAX control and approve everything they provide all the specifications for an IMAX theatre and sign everything off approved before work starts. Was a bit of an effort to get them to sign off the large windows to the projection room at the BFI Imax, in fact the IMAX projector at BFI on installation projects through special glass which was not fireproof and had to have a fire shutter installed as in the old nitrate days.
Because of dust once everything is in place and settled the screen arrives and is installed and sprayed in situ.
Ken Ian Oklahoma was the first Todd Ao at the Metropole it opened on Boxing Day 1959. Can-Can opened march 26th 1960.
The screen is the last thing installed in an Imax.
Nothing is as bad as “Cannon” Mike.“A Star Is Born” Premiere from Pathe:
bigoe59 Try looking here there’s lots of info re road show screenings etc.
Interior photo from the ABC being stripped out for demolition (I was there unfortunately) perhaps someone can put the photo in the photo section. I have been looking for years for and interior photo.
A seafront theatre is to close while attempts are made to find a new operator for the site, a North Yorkshire council has confirmed.
Scarborough’s Futurist is to be boarded up after the borough council rejected plans to more than double its subsidy to the site’s operator to £180,000.
Conservative council leader Tom Fox said the theatre’s viability had not been established.
The Save Our Futurist group said there was “absolute anger” at the decision.
Built in 1921, the Futurist has staged concerts, shows and films but is located within an area earmarked for redevelopment.
It was bought by Scarborough Council in 1985 and has been leased to its current operators, Brenda and Barrie Stead, since 2002 with that lease set to expire at the end of 2013.
In June, a report found the theatre was “beyond the point” of refurbishment.
Tom Fox said he expected the council to be “thorough” in ensuring the theatre remained secure
A council report recommended either increasing the subsidy paid to the Steads or boarding the theatre up for three months, at a cost of £5,000, “to provide time to flush out any potential operators”.
It added that if a suitable offer was not forthcoming council officers would be instructed to “formally close the Futurist Theatre”, at a further of cost of £20,000.
Mr Fox said he expected Scarborough Borough Council to “be thorough in managing the integrity and security of the building and remaining facilities” while it was mothballed.
The current operator’s lease will, however, be extended until 5 January to permit the continued screening of The Hobbit, Mr Fox added.
Patricia David, from the Save Our Futurist Group, said it was “totally unrealistic” to expect another potential operator to come forward.
“Three months is not enough time to get together a business plan, find funding and start to book acts for the coming year.
“Of all the theatres I have ever worked being a projectionist here was a privilege and a joy. Perfection was the only standard they knew. Martyn Butler”
Well said Sir I agree 100%
Star Wars was run in D150 for ONE or TWO days max I was at the first show. 20th Century Fox did not want Star Wars shown in D150 because no one else could run it.
Some photo of the Astoria here:
The entrance to the Noverre can be seen on the Assembly House site its the door in the cream building closest to the Red Brick Assembly House.
The above photo is of the Theatre Royal.
Last time I was there in the 70’s it was equipped with BTH Supa mk2’s.
From The Stage
Dudley Hippodrome is to be demolished after the town’s council decided that a proposal from a local group, which wanted to restore the venue to its original use as a theatre, was “not viable”.
Michael Zoldessy posted in commentary about South Pacific I have added my post onto here.
SOUTH PACIFIC AT THE DOMINION 55th Anniversary on 21st April 2013.
The film ran 4 years and 22 weeks.
The Dominion used one show print and one stand by print, the show print was used throughout the run apart from a few shows when the show print was sent for cleaning on those occasions the stand by was run. The projection team were awarded a special bonus by the distributor at the end of the run for their care and professionalism. I noticed John Carpenter in the documentary side by side saying how the prints of Titanic were falling to bits out of the projectors, if he had been more accurate he should have said that film is not the problem in exhibition but the lack of skilled projection staff is the problem. I ran the last show on the Dominions DP70’s (A Star Is Born with B.Streisand also 70mm print) the booth was removed and the film continued the next day from the new booth with Vic 8s at the rear of the circle. This was the 3rd booth in the Dominion the original at the rear of the upper balcony was closed for South Pacific and onward due to the rake. The original booth is still there. R
The Dominion used one show print and one stand by print, the show print was used throughout the run apart from a few shows when the show print was sent for cleaning on those occasions the stand by was run.
The projection team were awarded a special bonus by the distributor at the end of the run for their care and professionalism.
I noticed John Carpenter in the documentary side by side saying how the prints of Titanic were falling to bits out of the projectors, if he had been more accurate he should have said that film is not the problem in exhibition but the lack of skilled projection staff is the problem.
I ran the last show on the Dominions DP70’s (A Star Is Born with B.Streisand also 70mm print) the booth was removed and the film continued the next day from the new booth with Vic 8s at the rear of the circle. This was the 3rd booth in the Dominion the original at the rear of the upper balcony was closed for South Pacific and onward due to the rake. The original booth is still there.
Campaign to save Blackpool’s ABC Theatre from demolition
A campaign to save a Blackpool theatre which hosted stars such as the Beatles and Morecambe and Wise has started.
Demolishing the former ABC Theatre would destroy an “important part” of the town’s heritage, said Gill Payne whose petition aims to save it.
But Elaine Smith MBE from Blackpool Civic Trust said it should be demolished. “People are confusing memories with heritage.”
Blackpool Council is planning to buy it and use the site as a car park.
The 1960s TV show Big Night Out was filmed at the ABC Theatre before it became a cinema in the 80s.
In 1992 it was transformed into a club and opened as the Syndicate. This closed down in 2011 and it has remained empty since.
Hi Yes I saw this on the BBC last week and sent it to the News items on CT but it never made it onto the site!
A picture of the Palace half way down this page.
From the BBC:
Lowestoft’s Marina Theatre extends its premises
A Suffolk seaside theatre is to extend its premises into a neighbouring building to provide a cafe.
The Marina Theatre, which was taken over by a charitable trust last December, is leasing the former Zenith call centre.
The trust which runs the venue said it will now be able to provide a bar and catering, new office space and better access for loading.
The theatre needs to raise £100,000 to join the two buildings together.
The lease of the new building will treble the amount of ground floor space the venue has and the box office will be moved.
Martin Halliday, chief executive of the Marina Theatre Trust, said: “It’s going to be a lot easier for patrons to get in and out, have a coffee during the day and food before a show in the evening which is something that we’ve been wanting to do for many years.
“It is our wish to join the two properties together as soon as possible and we hope both the public and local businesses will be able to assist and we are announcing our Next Stage Appeal.”
The Marina is currently closed for a £250,000 refurbishment of its 750-seat auditorium.
It is due to re-open on 14 September with a show by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, which has had a residency at the venue since 2005.