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terry commented about Savoy Cinema on Feb 22, 2017 at 10:03 am

Ocean Road…….

terry commented about Odeon Sunderland on Feb 22, 2017 at 9:50 am

Was this the show with ‘The Bachelors’ or Roy Castle? Either way, it would be interesting to see it and I wish I had known it was still at ABC South Shields when I was there, Dave! Would it be very expensive to have the 35mm filmlet you mention transferred to DVD and uploaded to YouTube?

terry commented about Odeon Sunderland on Feb 21, 2017 at 9:20 am

Thorn-EMI made a mess of Blackpool ABC when, in the tripling process, they isolated the stage (which had a revolve), dressing room block and front stalls all those years ago. It was all reversible, however, just in case the need for large capacities and stage spectaculars should ever return. The acquisition and closure by Odeon and subsequent conversion to ‘The Syndicate’ put paid to that, however.

terry commented about Odeon Sunderland on Feb 20, 2017 at 10:14 pm

I have to agree about the screens in older cinemas often being rather on the small side in relation to the auditorium size. Where I worked with ABC (too numerous to list here) the screens were either very large or vice versa with no happy medium.

However, below are links to surviving footage of venues which had very large screens. In the case of Blackpool (ABC as opposed to the Princess where we also had 70mm) the screen is not seen but there are some distance shots of the 60 + feet wide pros which provide an indication of how large the screen was.

ABC Sheffield:–

Coliseum Cinerama Glasgow:–

ABC New Centre Bristol:–

ABC Blackpool (at 05:24):–

ABC Blackpool (First ever public performance of ‘Yesterday’ – watch out for star line up at the very end):–

My apologies for posting the above on a page devoted to an Odeon but a great deal of cross referencing does occur on the CT site……..

terry commented about Globe Theatre on Feb 6, 2017 at 5:14 pm

Photo uploaded of The Beatles on stage 22 November 1963.

terry commented about Odeon Sunderland on Feb 6, 2017 at 10:29 am

Needless to say, I have very happy memories of Sunderland Odeon which was one of the most impressive and best equipped venues in the country. It was the favourite cinema of both my Mum and Dad and they remembered going there (Blacks' Regal) in the 1930’s when, as part of the programme, there were stage presentations and recitals at the Compton Organ. I think my Dad said the Musical Director was Arnold Eagle.

For the record, my Dad had been a Chief Projectionist at one time and he was trained by a Gaumont man by the name of Tommy Bell who later worked for Blacks as Co-Chief at the Regal before transferring to the Royal on Bedford Street as the Chief where he was very much at home.

When I used to ask my Dad how the ABC Ritz compared with Blacks Regal he would reply that he would have liked the Ritz more if , at the 11th hour, ABC had not cancelled the Compton organ which it was designed to house (the chambers were above the proscenium).

I always got the impression that, large as the Ritz was at just over 1900 seats, the original project had been scaled down by the time the final plans were drawn up and building work commenced. I mention this as, in towns of similar size with cinemas like the Regal already established, ABC invariably provided a theatre with well in excess of 2000 seats, a fully equipped stage, a restaurant – and an organ! I wonder what went wrong in Sunderland?

I have happy memories of your Dad, John, by the way and our ‘after work pints’ in the likes of ‘The Park Inn’ and ‘The Beehive’……

terry commented about ABC Hanley on Jan 10, 2017 at 7:13 am

This is home cinema as it should be:–

Apparently, many items from the ABC are incorporated within.

terry commented about ABC Bournemouth on Jan 9, 2017 at 7:07 pm

Article re closure:–


Very interesting to read the comments of the CTA’s Richard Gray when comparing the original ABC and Odeon circuits………

terry commented about ABC Bournemouth on Jan 7, 2017 at 12:41 pm

World Premiere of ‘Happy Go Lovely'in 1951 :–

terry commented about Globe Cinema on Dec 28, 2016 at 4:22 pm

Image uploaded.

terry commented about ABC Derby on Dec 4, 2016 at 8:44 am

Their conversions might have been cheap but I never considered them cheerful……

terry commented about ABC Kilmarnock on Nov 23, 2016 at 3:35 pm

Photos uploaded.

terry commented about Odeon Newcastle upon Tyne on Nov 3, 2016 at 6:19 pm

Photo uploaded. I made a rare excursion into Newcastle today and fully expected to see the scaffolding already up. So far, however, nothing seems to have taken place – at least on the outside. I guess that inside the usual asbestos stripping etc must be in progress.

What a pity that the Paramount/Odeon was not considered worthy of restoration as it would have made a fine multi purpose auditorium (there is sufficient space at the rear to deepen the stage). It would have been far superior to the barren looking City Hall and the ‘slugs on the riverbank’ known as The Sage…..

terry commented about Odeon Stockton-on-Tees on Oct 6, 2016 at 8:53 am

There were indeed live shows at the Odeon and two names which come to mind are Adam faith and Dusty Springfield. The Hippodrome, Dovecote Street also had ‘one night stands’ but the main venue in the town was the ABC Globe and the likes of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones used to play there.

terry commented about ABC Huddersfield on Oct 4, 2016 at 5:22 pm

Joseph Seal, the famous Resident Organist of the Regal Kingston upon Thames became ABC’s Controller of Live Entertainment and his signature can be seen at the foot of a memo, a scanned image of which I have uploaded to the photos section, from early 1969 relating to a forthcoming live show week at the ABC (Ritz) Huddersfield.

terry commented about ABC Eccles on Sep 28, 2016 at 9:36 am

Re Vic Mancini: We ‘lent’ ABC Derby a projectionist (from base ABC Huddersfield) when it tripled. Obviously, he was going to be working overtime, and I asked this particular operator to ring me weekly for details of his shifts at Derby. Prior to his secondment I said that I would , to be going on with, include an extra two shifts in week 1 until we got up to speed (at this time the payroll system was geared to the convenience of London and not those out in the field).

Mr Mancini rang me, and in his usual obnoxious, gruff, belligerent manner, asked “What are you doing about *******’s overtime, mate?” and, before I could explain that what I had arranged for week 1 was just an interim measure, he retorted" Two shifts – what the hell bloody use is two ruddy shifts, mate? Get stuffed!“ to which I replied "Mr Mancini, you may be the Zone Engineer, but do NOT speak to me like that!” and the old so and so climbed down…….

As I said this the Huddersfield Chief knocked at the office door and could not help but overhear my irate tone and said “You just did right speaking to Mancini as you did as he’ll walk all over you if you let him!”

terry commented about ABC Blackpool on Sep 25, 2016 at 5:08 pm

Although, as I recall, the Dick Emery Show in 1976 was presented at ABC Great Yarmouth the previous year ie 1975.

terry commented about Regal Cinema on Sep 25, 2016 at 5:03 pm

Did you , as a young man, once take a number of interior shots of the Haymarket, Newcastle whilst I was there? If so, it would have been on a Sunday afternoon.

If I am correct, then they will be the only ones of a professional standard taken in full houselights and with the tabs closed. Would it be possible to obtain copies, please?

Better still, perhaps you could upload them to the Haymarket’s photo section as the existing shots do not give people a true indication of how nice an auditorium (albeit rather old fashioned) it really was.

My apologies if I have mistaken you for someone else.

terry commented about Cannon Newcastle upon Tyne on Sep 23, 2016 at 1:33 pm

3 more images uploaded.

terry commented about ABC Blackpool on Sep 23, 2016 at 1:30 pm

3 images uploaded.

terry commented about ABC Blackpool on Sep 17, 2016 at 2:47 pm

Image uploaded to photos section.

terry commented about Cannon Newcastle upon Tyne on Sep 17, 2016 at 2:46 pm

Uploaded to the photos section are the following:–

3 Roadshow shots. ABC 1 (former Stalls) with tabs open. Entrance foyer. ABC 2 (former Rear Circle: 3 shots).

terry commented about ABC Haymarket Newcastle upon Tyne on Sep 17, 2016 at 2:26 pm

Four photos uploaded of the auditorium in the houselights taken a few days before closure.

Unfortunately, the cable for the tabs had just ‘given up the ghost’. Steve Veasey, ABC Furnishing Manager, had ordered new curtains and a pelmet for the Haymarket in 1980 but the latter failed to materialise for some unknown reason.

The fountains were only partially illuminated latterly and many of the elaborate light fittings had been removed during a 1976 re-dec. Furthermore, most of the trough lighting had also been disconnected.

By and large, though, the photos give a hint of what the place had looked like in its heyday.

terry commented about Splay wall fountain on Sep 17, 2016 at 2:13 pm

Also at each side of the painted over wall decoration below the fountains there were, prior to a 1976 re-dec, two copper poles at the top of which were Egyptian style torches ( the ‘flames’) which someone in officialdom deemed should be removed…….

terry commented about Savoy Cinema on Sep 17, 2016 at 1:50 pm

Photo uploaded showing the queue for ‘Jaws’ December 1975.