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tonyne, the Leeds Library Service has a number of archive photos on its website of the Rex cinema-and many others in the Leeds area.
The website address is www.leodis.net and the best way to access items you want in particular is to use the “Advanced Search” facility which is linked immediately underneath the heading.
Try not intially to use the variety of connections on the left of the home page or you could be going round and round for ages!
As revealed by our friends on the architectural website SkyscraperCity, the North-West heritage website “20thCenturyImages” has a glorious array of the post-war life and times photographs of primarily the Liverpool and Merseyside area.
Included in the Birkenhead section are a selection of cinemas in the Wirral area, and here is the ABC Birkenhead in the early 1960s with its ‘Billy Liar’ presentation:
Multi-photographed portfolio of ABC Vicar Lane photographs on the Leeds Library and Information project ‘Leodis’. Most photographs in relation to the nearby expressway construction in the late 1960’s; but more recent, dormant, photos from the mid-2000’s.
www.leodis.net Easy way in is using the Advanced Search facility right from the word go, linked immediately under the main heading. Then just search for ‘ABC’ in the Keyword space. Don’t touch any of the other drop-downs!
rvb; the site I have accessed particularly for general Local History work is the Derbyshire ‘Picturethepast’ archives.
To get there in this instance, go to www.picturethepast.org.uk/frontend.php First searchbox type ‘cinema’.
Without exiting choose ‘Buxton’ from the next search which is a drop-down list. Then ‘search’ at the same page bottom. Plese get back if you need help navigating. Plenty of extra photos of The Opera House too!
Addendum to the above. Refernce to “The Picture House”, Spring Gardens. Date(s) to be fully confirmed, but at least in the 1930’s.
I’m thinking that if it was a cinema/theatre then the identity will be the Hippodrome, to the rear of the Opera House, for a brief period in the 1930’s, and part of the Pavilion music rooms. The proper address would be St.John’s Road.
I think that photo is more likley to be 1966/67, Ken. “Southwest to Sonora” wasn’t released until October 27,1966 at the Leicester Square Theatre. Maybe my dates are mixed up though!
As we speak, the flyer to the facility has just been published on-line, and a glimpse of the renovations can be seen here:-
Enthusiasts of rescued cinemas (Odeons in particular) might like to know that this past week has seen the re-opening of our 1930’s buidling as an Asian banqueting and conference centre. Maybe Ken Roe can advise us what was the conditionality of the listing for this place, in which case I will zip along there and see if i can get hold of a brochure for people to scrutinise.
Ken,Mar 20,and everyone:– I have the original newspaper ads from 1969 with the Cinerama and Astoria logo. In fact regarding the Astoria logo for every film shown there since the early 1960’s. Roland Lataille has some of my selection to put up on the CineramaTopcities website, but would anyone be interested to a link of my own to share them directly. i would need advice as to whether Flickr or Photobucket(or whatever) would be the best medium, and also how to manage the technicalities. Im a bit of a IT saddo unfortunately.
This is a stark-staring NO! from me. I’m a cinema lover and a Quaker and this is armageddon!!!
At least it had the rest of its body with unlike “The Godfather”..
Don’t worry anyway Howard, it can happen only here in England!
Lost Memory; your photo might be a version of Ken Roe’s posting on Dec 31 2006(above) but we may never know as that link seems to have been diconnected. In any event your photo records a presentation of Dad’s Army which had its premiere at the Columbia,Shaftesbury Avenue on March 15,1971 and its subsequent South London release on April 11. Unless there was a later re-run at the Odeon Camberwell can we suggest around those two dates maybe?
Yes indeed,Brucec.i’m 1953 vintage. The fact that we were able to see the first runs AT theatres which are at the heart of this very website is crucial. With some of the research sites here in England, might anyone like me to draw up a selection of pictures of long-gone cinemas actually showing a Newman film at the time? Maybe we could set up a Flickr group with movie theatres showing particular films? On my regional local history site in Birmingham England (www.birminghamhistory.co.uk) there is a Paul Newman thread with my (profile name, Richie) postings. You don’t need to register to view comments, but you do need to do so to make replies.
Ian-the Local history website has now got itself sorted. www.blackcountryhistory.org.uk Type in just “Odeon” in the searchbox, and click on ‘images’(its pre-set on archive papers otherwise). Don’t foget to include the “inverted commas”.
The Maltby Collection on English Heritage has also been enlarged too.
I’ll still mail one or two “specials” over thwe weekend when i can (a)get my hands on them (b)Persude\my boss that 100 hrs a week isn’t all that nice really. LOL
Whilst looking for other material on the newly-updated RIBA website recently, I hope I’ve discovered the epitome of the CinemaTreasures theme of capturing the juxtaposition of the modern and the glorious:
Photograph taken in most likely the very last few months of operation:–
Champlin-I have my own portfolio of every movie 1965 to 1995:adverts,press reviews,photos from TV Times even.Some films loads of stuff;other very little if independently released. Will have an up-to-date bibliography though, maybe an ad from the London Evening Standard with the Odeon,Camberwell listed amongst all the others-don’t know until I get into the vault where the collection is stored at a library different part of Birmingham. Maybe tomorrow(Monday 30th) more likely end of the week however.
Has this article been mentioned before? Extensive feature article by the local Chester preservation group;–
1970’s photograph here. Might be replicated elsewhere, but on main page of www.oldsalford.co.uk
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)has revolutionised its website to include a classic buildings dimension, cinemas and theatres included. To get to the one (so far) classic photo of the Astoria,Finsbury Park just go to the home page of www.ribapix.com and simply type in “Astoria” in the searchbox. Finsbury Park is numbered 8291.
Fear not as far as our memories are concerned. The Royal Institute of British Architects has a superb collection of past photos.
Just go to www.ribapix.com
Very simply type in “Dreamland” in the ‘quicksearch’ box on the left.
Are they not showing Roger Corman’s 1963 movie “The Terror”? That’s the one playing at the drive-in featured in the movie “Targets”, Boris Karloff’s last film release almost exactly 40 years ago in America.
One of those one-in-a-million unrelated subject photos with our topic in the frame!(1970?):–
At least its being put to some creative use. Here in UK they either get turned into dens of gambling,drinking, or disappear altogether!
Special BBC Leeds 2006 feature here: View link