Reel Cinema

12 Hagley Road West,
Birmingham, B62 9AS

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Ambak on April 12, 2018 at 5:23 am

You Only Live Twice did not reach the midlands until October 1st 1967, when it opened at the Odeon, New Street for a four week run. It would not have played local Birmingham cinemas until after this.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on February 7, 2014 at 11:12 am

“You Only Live Twice” was released on the Rank Organisation circuit on the last week of August 1967. The Essoldo Quinton could have played the Rank release day and date with Rank Theatres or maybe a week or two later.

mart1959in on February 7, 2014 at 10:54 am

Does anybody know what month in 1967 you only live twice was swoning at Essoldo Quinton mart1959in

dhall2787 on December 4, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Doe’s anybody know if this cinema has disabled entrances/exits to each of the 4 screens as I am disabled and have been for a number of years now? Anyway this cinema is my local, in fact I used to live near it some years ago on the'Brandhall' estate which was about 20 mins walk away. I first remember going to it when it was owed by the Cannon group but have not been there for a number of years now. From the pictures of it now refurbished it looks very smart indeed, at least from the outside.

CSWalczak on August 27, 2010 at 5:22 pm

This site has a picture of the theater as the Danilo taken right before it opened: View link

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 9, 2010 at 11:34 am

A vintage photograph of the Essoldo Quinton in 1969:
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chrisjones on May 5, 2009 at 6:39 pm

I used to go to this cinema as a kid virtually every weekend for 10 years from the late 70’s. I’m amazed nobody has mentioned the ridiculously long trek down a narrow corridor to get to Screen 4. Very odd. I was amazed when I went back only a few years ago that the carpet in the Gents for Screen 1 was still covered with the Cannon logo, many years after their demise. Can anyone remember the name of the cinema in Stourbridge that closed in 1982?

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 11, 2005 at 8:23 am

Two 2000 exterior photographs when the Odeon was the ABC here:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 11, 2005 at 5:32 am

This opened as the Danilo Cinema on 7th August 1939. The opening programme was a double bill; Sydney Toler in “Charlie Chan in Honolulu” and Jane Withers in “Always in Trouble”.

The architect was E.S. Roberts with Andrew Mather inputing some plans.

The original seating capaity was 1,598. The cinema was tripled in 1973.

demaine on January 11, 2005 at 2:50 am

Nice to know that this cinema is still in operation.