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rasLXR commented about Curzon Mayfair on Sep 25, 2016 at 4:07 pm

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.

rasLXR commented about Curzon Mayfair on Sep 25, 2016 at 4:00 pm

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 Sq
Leicester Square Theatre
Odeon Haymarket
Odeon St Martins Lane
Dominion Tottenham Crt Rd
Odeon Marble arch
Odeon Kensington
Odeon Swiss Cottage
Odeon Westbourne Grove

Astoria had just closed along with the Metropole and New Victoria.

rasLXR commented about ABC Blackpool on Sep 25, 2016 at 3:50 pm

Most of the Summer Season shows went to the ABC Great Yarmouth the following season.

rasLXR commented about Granada Tooting on Sep 25, 2016 at 3:38 pm

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.

rasLXR commented about Odeon Hornchurch on Sep 1, 2016 at 8:49 am

Whilst this is a superb site items like this never seem to get into the sites areas like US theatres in danger

rasLXR commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Jun 28, 2016 at 7:32 pm

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

rasLXR commented about Roxy Theatre on Jun 28, 2016 at 7:27 pm

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

rasLXR commented about ABC Clydebank on Mar 13, 2016 at 2:04 pm

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.

rasLXR commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on May 3, 2015 at 6:43 pm

Good site.

rasLXR commented about Regal Cinema on Mar 29, 2015 at 5:11 pm

Have uploaded some scanned photos belonging to P. Leach whose father was the Chief Projectionist.

rasLXR commented about Odeon Leicester Square on Mar 14, 2015 at 6:41 pm

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.

rasLXR commented about Boyd Theatre on Mar 11, 2015 at 10:29 am

Demolition has begun.

rasLXR commented about lacing a 35mm film projector on Jan 21, 2015 at 3:54 am

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.

rasLXR commented about Happy Holidays from Cinema Treasures on Dec 25, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Seasons greetings to you and thanks for the time and effort you take to provide one of the best websites on the net. Regards Russell

rasLXR commented about More News and Notes from around the Web! on Dec 14, 2014 at 3:38 pm

Leicester Square: Do London’s cinemas face a fight for survival?

rasLXR commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Nov 8, 2014 at 4:25 pm

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.

rasLXR commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Nov 6, 2014 at 6:18 pm Explains aspect ratio’s if you are interested.

rasLXR commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Oct 6, 2014 at 6:33 pm

Any technical fault with the sound processor and the back up system provides basic left and right channels only. Any amp problems could result in the surround being dropped as it is the least vital channel. This is how I have to keep the show going in the past. Just possible reason for no surround during your show.

rasLXR commented about Majestic Cinema on Sep 30, 2014 at 5:07 pm

Majestyk nightclub: Firefighters tackle ‘large’ blaze.
Crews from 10 fire engines are tackling a blaze at the former Majestyk nightclub in Leeds.

West Yorkshire Fire Service said the “large” fire had reached the roof space of the building.

Flames could be seen shooting out of the top of the premises as firefighters fought to bring the fire under control.

Crews were called to City Square at 19:19 BST after reports of smoke coming from the first floor.

The Grade II listed former Majestic cinema, later the Majestyk nightclub, has recently been refurbished.

It closed its doors in 2006 and plans to revive the building included a cinema, restaurants and a gym.

It was in 1922 that the Majestic, as it was then named, opened as a cinema with 2,400 seats.

By the 1950s the venue was a ballroom and in 1969 the building re-opened as a Top Rank bingo club.

The bingo hall later closed and after a few years empty the building became home to the Majestyk nightclub.

rasLXR commented about Cineworld at the Empire Theatre on Sep 12, 2014 at 9:25 am

Business I suppose, great as IMAX films are I doubt the Empire or the chinese would have been converted to screen them. There were few IMAX screens around that were not associated with theme parks or museums a few years back. Now they are everywhere perhaps also diluting the brand.

rasLXR commented about Cineworld at the Empire Theatre on Sep 12, 2014 at 7:40 am

IMAX screens have never had masking. Have you not heard film as a projection format has been replaced. Conventional films screened in IMAX have never been projected in the IMAX aspect ratio.

rasLXR commented about Pepsi IMAX Cinema on Aug 23, 2014 at 5:20 am

The 70mm Pepsi Imax was replaced years ago its now part of a hotel iirc.

rasLXR commented about ABC Tunbridge Wells on Jul 22, 2014 at 10:23 am

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

rasLXR commented about Pavilion Theatre on Jul 21, 2014 at 6:12 am

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.

rasLXR commented about Regent Cinema on Jul 11, 2014 at 5:05 pm

Good news The Regent has been opened as a Show Bar and Nightclub.