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Uploaded to the photos section are the following:–
3 Roadshow shots.
ABC 1 (former Stalls) with tabs open.
ABC 2 (former Rear Circle: 3 shots).
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.
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…….
Photo uploaded showing the queue for ‘Jaws’ December 1975.
Article re the Court’s destruction by fire:–
Photo uploaded of the building whilst still the Scala Cinema
Two photos uploaded of the place in its pre – modernisation form. The one taken from the circle in 1954 shows the screen set well back from the proscenium. The house tabs, sadly, are drawn back and not visible here but they were the heavy theatrical style with appliqued stripes and looked rather splendid illuminated by the footlights.
I understood that the facade was to be incorporated within the new development (Student Accommodation) and it is a shame that this will not now materialise as the arched stained glass window used to look rather spectacular when illuminated and flanked by the two ‘Palladium’ fin signs at night time.
Image of Special Presentation ticket uploaded to the photos section: ‘Half a Sixpence’ 17th April 1968, seat number P 25 which was on the fourth row of the Centre Circle.
I have not found the actual photo (it was in a desk drawer at the Haymarket long after the death of Doug Parkin) but I have found a link to – presumably – the same image :–
Photo uploaded which must have been taken soon after closure in 1969 as the sign is intact on the front of house.
Thompsons' owned and operated two of my local cinemas (Darlington was within my catchment but the Regent closed when I was a small boy), namely Shildon Hippodrome (once a GB house) and the very ‘posh’ Durham Palladium. They owned their own ice cream company, ‘Erimus’ (the factory was close to the new Thompsons' cinema, Middlesbrough Majestic on Longlands Road) and I preferred it to the ‘Eldorado’ brand sold at the Essoldos in Shildon and Bishop Auckland……….
The ‘block’ design signage which once comprised the name ‘Essoldo’ (and briefly ‘Classic’) was taken down by ABC when they acquired the building at an exorbitant cost in 1974 – it was said that this was financed by their sale of the huge ABC Stockton.
The standard ABC ‘lozenges’ replaced the old sign whilst the blocks were stored in the intake room (of all places) for a long time until , one day, some ABC ‘bright spark’ said “You know what? These blocks , seven of them, could be adapted to read A B C 1 & 2 – with EMI occupying the lowest block!”
Brilliant! More money wasted by that company who could have worked that one out in the first place……
The bargain basement ‘Cannon’ outfit , however, were much, much, more inept. They saw fit to remove the three blocks which said ‘ABC’ and erected their horrible standard ‘Cannon’ sign leaving ‘1 & 2’ below and detaching the lowest block. They obviously did not have the intelligence to simply adapt the 7 blocks to read ‘Cannon'plus their corporate logo (such as it was) within the lowest block………
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Various images uploaded.
Something never mentioned about the Haymarket: there was a very large restaurant on the first floor, the windows of which can be seen on all photos of the Front of House. Access was via large glass doors from the Dress Circle foyer.
It was the best cinema restaurant in Newcastle in terms of size and position with a panoramic vista of the busy Haymarket and the top of Northumberland Street.
It was used for V.I.P./Press Receptions until Newcastle University acquired it (as part of their Archaeology Dept) after when receptions were held in the offices/rear circle foyer area. If it was a particularly large function a nearby hotel suite would be hired.
I had a photograph of Tony Hancock with G.M, C D E Parkin in the restaurant for the launch of either ‘The Rebel’ or ‘The Punch and Judy Man’ and – guess what – I have mislaid it (like many others)….
If and when I locate it I shall upload it to the usual section.
Photo uploaded of a busy King Street in the 1950’s. The Odeon, whilst only having a small Front of House, stands out owing to the very effective signage of that Company.
I have uploaded what is probably the best ever exterior shot of the ABC RITZ Gateshead. The only slight let – down is the visible area where a 32 sheet frame had once been attached to the main elevation.
Oops….. I meant 32 sheet!
Please see the photo of the closed building with ‘The Anniversary’ in the quad frame. The only other explanation is that on the last night, after the publicity accessories were removed, someone placed ‘The Anniversary’ quad in the frame but I cannot imagine why………