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Lionel commented about AMC Burlington Cinema 10 on Apr 17, 2024 at 8:22 am

Pictures of the original GCC Burlington 10 here:

Lionel commented about Press ad for The Draughtsman's Contract at the Minema on Dec 11, 2023 at 10:26 am

The film opened on November 12th, 1982, at The Screen on the Hill then moved over to the Minema on January 20th, 1983, where it stayed for six months.

Lionel commented about Academy 1-2-3 on Oct 21, 2023 at 12:35 pm

The curtain frame of screen #1 looks quite narrow. How was the screen structured? Was it Cinemascope letterboxed in 1.85? Does anybody remember which aspect ratios the Academy was equipped for in its 3 screens?

Lionel commented about Curzon Phoenix Cinema on Oct 17, 2023 at 11:57 am

Photo album :

Lionel commented about Curzon Phoenix Cinema on Oct 17, 2023 at 11:03 am

Short film showing the building, the projection booth and the screen, made in the late nineties:

Lionel commented about MGM Oxford Street on Oct 3, 2023 at 11:40 am

Thank you Darron for your reply. Actually, as an example, a user here posted the following link regarding the Swiss Center, allowing to download the cinema plan as PDF from the website when it was submitted in 2005 for the building plan:

Based on this, I searched the same site for the address 16 Oxford Street but it gave no result. Maybe it’s too old to be available digitally in their online library. I’ll keep searching…

Lionel commented about Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square on Oct 2, 2023 at 10:37 pm

Another picture of the marquee in the 1990s:

Lionel commented about MGM Oxford Street on Oct 2, 2023 at 10:39 am

Can somebody point me to a site where it would be possible to find the plans of the building when it was the 5-screen cinema? Maybe some local government site where estate properties are registered? I’m not familiar at all with that kind of service in the UK and don’t know where to start.

Lionel commented about Metro Cinema on Oct 1, 2023 at 5:58 am

The link I provided in my previous post is still valid but the page in question was updated with more pictures since I mentioned it in 2019. Worth seeing.

Lionel commented about Colonial Theatre on Sep 17, 2023 at 10:40 pm

Blob fest 2010 (28-min doc) on YouTube showing commemoration at the Colonial. The auditorium is well shown both outside and inside.

Lionel commented about Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square on Sep 4, 2023 at 2:36 pm

Royal Film Performance 1997 for TITANIC in 70mm. Nice views of the marquee, foyer and projection booth.

Lionel commented about Sauvenière screen #3 on Apr 15, 2023 at 10:54 am

When the Sauvenière opened, INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL was playing on that screen.

Lionel commented about UGC-de Brouckere on Feb 12, 2023 at 7:47 am

Three-dimensional view of the Grand Eldorado:

Grand Eldorado on Google

Lionel commented about Vue West End on Dec 21, 2022 at 10:00 am

In the late 80’s, chief projectionist Phil Crawley (if I remember the spelling correctly) gave me a tour of the projection booth for screen #2 (the large one) and, as I was following him in the building for an emergency elsewhere, we happened to enter another auditorium, a small one in blue and green colors with surround speakers on tall tripods. In this auditorium booth, I was surprised to see no Dolby processor in the sound rack but saw a piece of equipment labelled Kintek. I didn’t ask any questions.

Today, as I was searching the web for informations on Kintek cinema equipment, I just came across this interesting article about demonstrating playback on Kintek/Bose equipment at the Warner back then.

Lionel commented about Grand Pavois on Dec 10, 2022 at 3:53 am

Small auditoria but one of them was equipped with CDS (Cinema Digital Sound, the first digital sound technology for movies) and played Flatliners, The Doors and Final Approach in that format. All auditoria had the CHF Cabasse speaker system designed by French engineer Georges Cabasse. CHF meant Cinéma en Haute Fidélité (High Fidelity Cinema). The Cabasse product line for cinemas was using bi-amplified screen speakers with Amix amplifiers. Theatres willing to install CHF were subject to an acoustics study to taylor the system on a case-by-case basis. After installation, the equipped auditorium received a quality certificate. Somehow, Cabasse was a French answer to the Lucas' THX program. CHF was installed mostly in France.

Here are pictures of Le Grand Pavois on Film-Tech.

And here is its profile page in French, with comments from previous customers and projectionists, on Salles Cinémas.

Lionel commented about Odeon West End on Sep 5, 2022 at 2:17 pm

I only saw 2 films there (both in 70mm) and it was still a single-screen theater: Rocky III in 1982 and Return of the Jedi in 1983. I remember that the sound was crystal clear, probably an aging sound system but still in good condition to correctly reproduce the sophisticated sound mix of “Jedi”. And with “Jedi”, an impressive panel had been install on the building front showing not only the film poster bill, but with additional red neon lines that blinked to simulate the spaceships (TIE fighters) laser shots. Good pictures of the single-screen cinema on Flickr here.

Lionel commented about Vue West End on Aug 28, 2022 at 12:07 pm

Short video made in 1998 by the projectionist showing Titanic in 70mm at the Warner screen #7 :

on YouTube

Lionel commented about Gaumont Ambassade on Aug 28, 2022 at 6:23 am

An extensive illustrated article in French on the Ambassade can be found here :

Gaumont Champs Elysées Ambassade

Lionel commented about Arlequin on Aug 18, 2022 at 12:10 pm

@Xavier Delamarre You wrote that the Arlequin is now the only remaining cinema in Paris to be equipped for 70mm. What about the Grand Action? Do you know when they got rid of their 70mm equipment? My latest inof about it is the article from the late 90’s. Thanks

Lionel commented about Press add for Indiana Jones 70mm re-run at the OMA on Aug 7, 2022 at 6:47 am

I was lucky to be in London when it happened, and went to see again The Temple of Doom. It was impressive to see it in 70mm and six-track Dolby Stereo in that theatre. It was also the first time I went to the Odeon Marble Arch.

Lionel commented about Odeon Luxe London Haymarket on Aug 6, 2022 at 1:42 am

Short YouTube video showing the ABC Panton Street in 1998 (street view then projection booth):

Lionel commented about Odeon Luxe London Leicester Square on Jun 13, 2022 at 7:27 am

Thank you Howard for posting the pictures of the London cinemas you visited last month. No curtain used at the OLS? What an amateurish performance…

Lionel commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Apr 26, 2022 at 2:20 am

Hello. I would like to know the seats distribution across all auditoria at the opening. The big one had 876, how many did the others have? I don’t think it is mentioned in the comments but there are already 68 pages and I’ve only read the few latest and the few earliest. Thanks.

Lionel commented about Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square on Feb 10, 2022 at 9:56 am

Filmed in 1986 and posted today on YouTube:

Demonstrating screen masking for 35mm and 70mm aspect ratios at the Empire

This was the installation from 1962 on to when they slightly enlarged the screen in the early 2000’s.

Lionel commented about Odeon Luxe London Leicester Square on Dec 28, 2021 at 9:37 am

I’m a latecomer for Christmas but I wish you all fellow Cinema Treasurers the best for the coming year. I hope all of you are safe, vaxxed or not.