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So many of Ranks former cinemas are now derelict eyesores
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!!
Exactly why are Landmark closing this gem of a theatre..is the lease up or has a lucrative offer been made for the site??
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
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
Just checked the site Simon and it does work :)
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 :)
One of a few cherished cinemas in Pontypridd and like the County, Palladium, Park and Town Hall long gone.
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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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!
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
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
Here in London its eerily quiet tonight..theatres in the west end have closed as a remark of respect and your comments are appreciated
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.
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!!!!
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.
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.
The pathe news website has a short feature on the building of this cinema in 1934
Recently visited this cinema…clearly run by people who care about presentation and customer service….and at Â£1.50 in the afternoon great value for money.
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.
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.