Comments from davepring

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davepring commented about Shepherd's Bush Pavilion on Oct 30, 2011 at 12:40 pm

So many of Ranks former cinemas are now derelict eyesores

davepring commented about Showcase Cinema de Lux Bristol on Aug 29, 2011 at 3:06 am

I am not a great fan of multiplexes but this one is brilliant ..visited recently very clean comfortable foyers and screens esp Directors Hall…Odeon take note!!

davepring commented about San Francisco's classic Clay Theatre closing on Aug 17, 2010 at 2:03 am

Exactly why are Landmark closing this gem of a the lease up or has a lucrative offer been made for the site??

davepring commented about Everyman York on Jun 25, 2010 at 9:37 am

Screen 5 has a capacity of 35. 3D equipment has now been installed in screen 1 and is due to be installed in screen 2

davepring commented about Britain's oldest cinema prepares for a glorious sequel on Jun 25, 2010 at 9:34 am

With respect the Duke of York cinema in Brighton is marginally older than the Phoenix and has retained the same name throughout its nearly 100 years of existence

davepring commented about ABC Islington on Apr 6, 2010 at 10:17 am

Just checked the site Simon and it does work :)

davepring commented about Castro Theatre on Mar 19, 2010 at 12:43 pm

Thats a great photo from the 40s…the Castro is my favourite theatre on the West Coast…but its a long way from Brighton U.K :)

davepring commented about White Palace Cinema on Feb 19, 2010 at 10:45 am

One of a few cherished cinemas in Pontypridd and like the County, Palladium, Park and Town Hall long gone.

davepring commented about ABC Islington on Dec 2, 2009 at 10:54 am in carlton islington in the search bar..details below:


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
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davepring commented about ABC Islington on Dec 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!

davepring commented about Duke of York's Picture House on Jul 16, 2009 at 12:34 am

A fabulous cinema with an eclectic programming mix of mainstream and arthouse movies.The balcony has comfy sofas and there is a small but well stocked cafe bar with terrace at first floore level.Plans for the future include expansion into a former fire station next door to add more screens and cafe/bar

davepring commented about Everyman York on Jul 14, 2009 at 7:01 am

Mr Suri is certainly the saviour of many former city centre Odeons and he is to be congratulated on saving York a true art dec jewel.
Now if only he could havr rescued Chester….city centre traditional cinemas if well maintained and updated offer a far superior experience to the shed like characterless multiplexes

davepring commented about Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square on Jul 14, 2009 at 12:54 am

It is great to see Empire Cinemas maximising the potential of this truly wonderful cinema and also regaining its Premier status.Screen one has to be the best movie experience in not only London but the whole of the U.K.It well deserves to be Movie Showplace of the Nation once again.

davepring commented about Odeon Wardour Street on Mar 16, 2006 at 9:35 am

A dreadful little multiplex originally known as the Scene Swiss Centre….little or no money has been spent on its upkeep over the years and although capacity in the West End will be reduced(a long with the impending closure of the Odeon West End)its loss is not to be mourned!

davepring commented about Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square on Feb 8, 2006 at 2:49 am

The Empire is not going to become another Odeon…because of Odeon dominance in the west end the OFT insisted that Odeon divest itself of certain properties.Irish Cinema Chain Ward Anderson has bought the Empire.

davepring commented about More Movie Theatre Stories Emerge on Aug 22, 2005 at 6:58 am

I endorse the comments above.Muvico have the right idea and here in the U.K a luxury environment is taking off.Two examples being The Rex in Berkhamsted and The Electric in Notting Hill.Of the chains only Picturehouse cinemas offer a great cinema experience.I hope the multiplex chains here follow Muvicos example.

davepring commented about Terrorist Attack In London on Jul 7, 2005 at 11:10 am

Here in London its eerily quiet tonight..theatres in the west end have closed as a remark of respect and your comments are appreciated

davepring commented about Coronet Theatre Will Close On Feb 10th on Feb 7, 2005 at 11:17 am

Speaking from London I am appalled that this amazing venue is closing. When working in SF in the mid 90s I spent many happy evenings at the Coronet…one of the few movie showplaces on the west coast.

davepring commented about Vue Piccadilly on Dec 9, 2004 at 10:18 am

The most expensive cinema in the west end and not a patch on the Plaza when a twin cinema in the 70s.The cleaned exterior is stunning and the basement cinemas bland…avoid!!!!

davepring commented about Odeon London Leicester Square on Dec 9, 2004 at 10:11 am

I recently went to the opening night gala of the London Film Festival and was pleasantly suprised to see the organ being played.
The audience whooped with delight at this multi-coloured leviathan as it descended into the pit….it is a great shame that Odeon dont have an organ interlude on a regular basis.

davepring commented about New York Times Asks "Digital Projection of Films Is Coming. Now, Who Pays?" on Dec 9, 2004 at 9:46 am

I think that digital is the way forward.
I have just seen Pixars The Incredibles here in London at The Empire Leicester Square and the quality of the image was superb.Celluloid has to be handled with care and unfortunately most of the multiplex cinemas here have no idea how to present a film . I have yet to see a pristine print at either of my local multiplexes.

davepring commented about Ealing Filmworks on Sep 30, 2004 at 12:41 pm

The pathe news website has a short feature on the building of this cinema in 1934

davepring commented about Prince Charles Cinema on Sep 30, 2004 at 12:38 pm

Recently visited this cinema…clearly run by people who care about presentation and customer service….and at £1.50 in the afternoon great value for money.

davepring commented about Apollo Cinema on Sep 30, 2004 at 12:18 pm

As a single screen venue this was a great suburban cinema.The bulding was well converted in the 70s but lost all the charm of a 30s cinema. Apollo should be shot for allowing such a great local amenity to close.

davepring commented about Odeon Manchester on Sep 30, 2004 at 12:12 pm

Like the Gaumont opposite, the Odeon was a great place to see a film in the 1960s prior to the later twinning.My only gripe about it was that the screen masking dropped significantly for cinemascope..but the place had an amazing atmosphere…a sad loss.