ABC Islington

161-169 Essex Road,
London, N1 2SN

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SMorgan
SMorgan on May 22, 2010 at 6:29 pm

The earlier Facebook link wasn’t working for me, this one should:

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davepring
davepring on April 6, 2010 at 10:17 am

Just checked the site Simon and it does work :)

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on January 17, 2010 at 10:29 pm

As of this date I am unable to open the www.britishpathe.com

davepring
davepring on December 2, 2009 at 10:54 am

www.britishpathe.com..type in carlton islington in the search bar..details below:

EIGHT PIANO RHAPSODY 1933

Full titles read: “EIGHT PIANO RHAPSODY – Produced by Phil Finch. Filmed at Carlton Cinema, Islington, London.”

L/S’s of the pianists playing their pianos (it’s quite a spectacle). There are several good C/U’s and M/S’s of the pianists (Unfortunately this cataloguer cannot identify them). L/S’s and M/S’s of the audience watching solemnly from their seats.

Issue Date: 23/10/1933 Sound: Yes
Time in: 01:18:11:00 Time out: 01:21:49:00
Canister: PT 187 Film ID: 1090.12
Sort number: PT 187 Tape: PM1090
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davepring
davepring on December 2, 2009 at 10:13 am

on the pathe news website there is a short film of a stage show at the Carlton in the early 1930s…the film shows 7 grand pianos being played on stage and the camera pans around the auditorium.In the closing moments you see the original screen tabs and organ,marvelous stuff!

Olga
Olga on December 1, 2009 at 9:56 am

good news! this building will be cinema again!

visit our Carlton Cinema page on Facebook
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woody
woody on November 25, 2009 at 11:35 am

photos from 2002 ish of the exterior as the Mecca
http://www.flickr.com/photos/woody1969/2120712395/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/woody1969/65272267/

and a facebook group by the church that are planning to restore and reopen the Carlton
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the cinema was one of the filming locations this summer for the low budget British serial killer film TONY – out in cinemas next February, shot at the rear of the cinema and using the stairs and offices as a squat used by drug dealers

AdoraKiaOra
AdoraKiaOra on February 10, 2009 at 7:24 am

That has to be one of the best photo sets on here!
Wow!

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on February 10, 2009 at 7:17 am

A set of photographs of the Carlton/ABC, including vintage interior shots from April 1987:
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AdoraKiaOra
AdoraKiaOra on July 13, 2008 at 6:13 am

Nothing short of brilliant news!

kevinp
kevinp on July 13, 2008 at 2:38 am

Apparently not as bad as thought, Ian.

A church group has taken it over and would like to see it/offer it to used for cinema use again, maybe carefully and resepctfully adding two more screens inside : with occasional use for church congregation overspill : similarly to the Notting Hill Coronet.

AdoraKiaOra
AdoraKiaOra on December 1, 2007 at 9:28 am

Ah the good old double bill!

AdoraKiaOra
AdoraKiaOra on December 1, 2007 at 8:59 am

The last photo by Lost Memory must be some years old as i used to pass there everyday and that show it looked 8 or 9 years ago, It looks in a pretty sorry state in that picture. I cant imagine how it must look today now its closed and abandoned. I wonder how long it will survive as the last Mecca to close in Hounslow closed this year and has already disapeared into dust.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 1, 2007 at 8:25 am

Four vintage photographs of the former Carlton (ABC) Cinema, courtesy of the Cinema Theatre Association archives:
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AdoraKiaOra
AdoraKiaOra on October 21, 2007 at 7:13 pm

What brilliant news! Keep us posted on the progress.

kevinp
kevinp on June 4, 2007 at 7:33 am

Apparently some raving idiots broke into it May 2007 and caused a lot of internal damage.

Kev P

AdoraKiaOra
AdoraKiaOra on May 3, 2007 at 5:58 am

I played bingo here on many occasions and lost a lot of games by letting my eyes wonder all over this huge and very impressive auditorium. Shame its now closed with a bleak future in front of it.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 27, 2007 at 4:39 am

After almost 35 years, the Mecca Bingo Club closed its doors on Sunday 25th March 2007. This is in advance of the new ‘no smoking’ in public places law which comes into effect in June. There is now serious concern as to what will become of this fine Grade II* Listed building.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 27, 2006 at 6:27 am

Here is a current photograph of the egytian style facade of the former Carlton Cinema:
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