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surf_digby commented about Hippodrome Theatre on Sep 23, 2014 at 4:24 pm

The Hippodrome is at risk of demolition. Any signatures added to this petition would be appreciated.

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/save-brighton-hippodrome/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=button

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surf_digby commented about Screen 22 on Sep 20, 2014 at 3:37 pm

It would appear that this has reopened as a small cinema showing films of a more universal appeal.

http://www.screen22.co.uk/

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surf_digby commented about Dominion Cinema on May 29, 2014 at 3:49 pm

The pictures on 28DL no longer show up, but there’s an upsetting/angering recent picture here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/slaterspeed/4525037253/in/photolist-7TRZVF-6AFra-2Mv1NS-7TVeuA-mZym9p-mZwuZ5-7TVeCQ-6nCgrk-8PzYhv-7TVeQL-8PzZE2-7TVefq-5daXvp-cmedCY

Why bother ripping stuff out if you’re not going to use the building? At least let it sit in its original, unspoiled state until you’ve decided what to do with it, or sell it on and let the new owners decide.

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surf_digby commented about Curzon Cinema on May 8, 2014 at 1:30 pm

http://www.liverpoolconfidential.com/News-and-Comment/Coming-Soon-to-the-Curzon-Raging-Bulldozer

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surf_digby commented about Curzon Cinema on May 8, 2014 at 1:29 pm

It would seem the writing’s on the wall for the Curzon. Permission has been granted to flatten in to make way for supermarket space.

http://www.liverpoolconfidential.co.uk/News-and-Comment/Old-Swans-art-deco-picture-palace-faces-demolition#.U2IsTgrdVss.facebook

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surf_digby commented about Royal Cinema on Apr 28, 2014 at 10:36 am

Is that Clubland building really only 7 years old?

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surf_digby commented about Essoldo Doncaster on Feb 3, 2014 at 4:37 am

According to legend, this is where Granville got up to no good!

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surf_digby commented about Embassy Cinema on Jan 29, 2014 at 2:42 pm

More cinemas should have a hot tub at the front.

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surf_digby commented about Plaza Grill & Cinema on Dec 12, 2013 at 5:07 am

Was it operating between 1929 and 1937 though?

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surf_digby commented about Piccadilly Theatre on Nov 12, 2013 at 4:06 pm

I’d be happy to take that fork off your hands. It’ll sit next to my Odeon fork with the Rank logo on it.

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surf_digby commented about "Gravity" reaches for new heights at the movies on Oct 14, 2013 at 3:57 pm

It doesn’t matter what the genre. Everything looks better on a bigger screen. Scale impresses. That’s why we love Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Grand Canyon, the Pyramid of Giza, etc..

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surf_digby commented about Cineworld Haymarket on Sep 1, 2013 at 4:25 am

Who on Earth thought that that light fitting would be in keeping with the building?

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surf_digby commented about Odeon Portsmouth on Aug 28, 2013 at 6:11 pm

The foyer is now a Sainsburys. Absolutely nothing of note is visible in there.

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surf_digby commented about Trylon Theater's Art Deco mosaic floor with chevrons in 1999 on Aug 28, 2013 at 11:57 am

Why on Earth would they do something like that? My brain struggles to comprehend why we aren’t still striving to create things like this. To destroy such things is just utter lunacy.

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surf_digby commented about ABC Mansfield on May 19, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Hi Andi, I would love an opportunity to tour the rest of the building. I have been in the projectionist room (and had my first “scary pigeon” moment in there), but missed out on the fly tower due to my comically underpowered torch.

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surf_digby commented about ABC Mansfield on Apr 24, 2013 at 5:57 pm

UPDATE: The former Grand will be staying with for a few more years yet. It was bought in auction a few weeks ago, and is being turned into a church. The Pastor is a local man with as much nostalgic appreciation for the building as I, so won’t be ripping everything out, and has plans for Screen 2 to be refitted back into a small cinema (not that 300+ seats is considered small these days).

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surf_digby commented about Argosy Cinema on Apr 11, 2013 at 5:34 pm

Some echoes of Odeon Aylesbury in the design.

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surf_digby commented about ABC Mansfield on Apr 2, 2013 at 6:35 pm

There is one photo on Flickr of Screen 2, seemingly taken just after the 1978 tripling. http://www.flickr.com/photos/oldcinemaphotos/3334701547/

Other than that one – and a photo of the staff taken in the foyer – I’ve not seen any other photo’s of the interior that were taken when the cinema was still alive.

Regarding the removal of the cladding, the architectural plans relating to the metal covering reads “Profile of projecting cornices and band courses to be cut back to line of pies(?) faces”. From poking my head through the windows, the stonework does not appear to be in particularly good shape. The balustrade on top of the curved section has been removed and replaced with brick. If the metal cladding were to be removed, the front of the building probably wouldn’t look too pretty. The bricking up of windows and cementing was not done with much consideration of asthetics.

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surf_digby commented about Princess Cinema on Dec 4, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Is the whole building in use? Seems a little large for a fish and chip shop.

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surf_digby commented about Odeon Nottingham on Sep 23, 2012 at 9:07 am

The bulldozers have started. The Odeon Nottingham shall shortly be no more.

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surf_digby commented about Cavendish Cinema on Sep 21, 2012 at 6:35 pm

I’ve got some recent ones, that I’ll upload for reference.

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surf_digby commented about Rock Cinema on Sep 21, 2012 at 6:25 pm

A particular shame that this was demolished, as the ceiling and proscenium were in pristine condition, and the building had no signs of damp.

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surf_digby commented about Ritz Luxury Cinema on Sep 21, 2012 at 6:08 pm

This was not just a cinema. It was the Ritz Super Cinema, allegedly the “most luxurious cinema in the district”, with concealed lighting capable of complex combinations. It was the only cinema in Mansfield (until the building of the Odeon multiplex) to have its own car park.

Nowadays it’s a shell. The auditorium has been stripped out, although you can still see traces of the proscenium and where the concealed lighting in the ceiling once was.

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surf_digby commented about Empire Cinema on Sep 21, 2012 at 6:04 pm

The rear wall of the Empire still stands behind the billboards.

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surf_digby commented about Empire Cinema, Mansfield on Sep 21, 2012 at 6:03 pm

Some of the older residents of Mansfield still refer to this junction as “Empire corner”.