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I’m a sucker for festoon type curtains.
That was my thought too Mike! I can remember going to this cinema back in the mid 1950s,
I am so pleased that this cinema has been saved. I was assistant manager here way back in the mid nineteen-seventies and loved the place. I was known then as Robin Brewer.
A perfect name for a drive-in.
I spent a wonderful summer season here with Tommy Steele, Billy Dainty and Mary Hopkin, I think it was 1968 loved every minute of it.
I did relief manager at this Odeon many times between 1972 and 1974 really liked the theatre.
“Oh no you can’t” Mike! I think you’re right too!
I moved to Selsey from Birmingham in 1959, first film I saw there was Gigi,lovely little cinema, this photo bought back many happy memories of films seen there. I also appeared in a couple of pantomimes there with local amateur theatrical group. My name then was Robin Brewer.
I can understand why you hate this picture Mike, Thank you for posting so many other pictures though, you have brought me so much pleasure,reminding me of my past in Birmingham and other places.
My friend Richard Isaac was deputy manager here whilst the Gaumont, Barkers Pool, Sheffield was being refurbished in the mid 1980’s I think Paul Archer was the manager at the same time. Paul was a really knowledgeable man about cinema too. I miss them both.
another of my local cinemas, and I went to school at Cardinal Wiseman RC secondary (now named Cardinal Wiseman Technical school) I left there in Feb' 1959.
I lived in great Barr and this along with the Beacon, The Clifton and the Birchfield were all my local cinemas, I loved visiting all of them
I can remember going to see pantomimes here as a child in the 1950’s and loving the place.
I can remember seeing this film at the West End in Birmingham, UK. If I remember correctly it was also a record breaking run there too. I hope someone here in the UK will celebrate the film’s 55 birthday with a 70mm showing or several.
thank you PaulB52, Can’t wait for the “Pod” to open. Northampton needs an “art House” the mainstream houses don’t cater for anything really other than general release with the odd opera/stage production at Cineworld for which they charge high admission prices.
Mike It must have been a very senior moment :) Sorry about that. It should have read 5 back of 44 Alum Rock Road.
Way back in the early 1970’s I used to do the odd relief manager duties here I loved the place because of its wonderful décor and style. I was known then as Robin Brewer if anyone remembers me feel free to get in touch.
A friend of mine had an uncle who was a projectionist here for many years his name was Phillip surname can’t remember, he was a great theatre organ man too. When the ODEON closed for refurbishment he was given one of the old cinema clocks that the time was marked with the name Odeon theatre. I now have this lovely art deco clock on my lounge wall and it still keeps time perfectly.
Mike Blakemore thank you for posting the panto advert It brought back many fond memories of a lovely old theatre.
CSWalczak thank you for the link to the 1934 link showing the interior. It’s almost just as I remember it before the tripling took place
Happy 101st Birthday Esquire.
Seems this theatre is to re-open in the near future according to London’s Evening Standard newspaper. I hope it is true.
How True Mike! I also worked at the Carlton Cinema, in the Haymarket, London where my dressing room was back-stage it seemed miles from our office over the foyer to get changed like you every night by 6:00pm
Wonderful memories of this and the Clifton down the road from my childhood. I think there was a “chippy” within the block of the Beacon so a bag of chips after Kids club was a special treat.
Wonderful, magical memories flooding back to me from my childhood going here o Saturday kids club and parents taking me to see main features here.