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cinemasimon commented about Odeon West End on Nov 28, 2016 at 7:44 pm

Hi All, I worked here between 2005 and 2009 as the senior projectionist with Steve Larcombe. I had some of the messiest, craziest, happiest and saddest memories of my professional career at this cinema. I now live in Perth, Australia but returned back in November 2015 to OWE to see the remains being pulled down. It was truly saddening what has happened. In 2006 we were given plans by the council for their vision of what the new Odeon basement would look like and we laughed at them. I still have my master key set though for the entire building! I’ll always have that and the 4000 pictures I took of the building when I was there.

cinemasimon commented about Moonlight Cinema Perth on Nov 12, 2015 at 8:39 pm

I actually ran this cinema for the 2012/2013 summer season. It is based in the Synergy Parklands area of Kings Park in Perth and has a capacity of 2000 per night. It uses an 8/5 metre blow up screen and left/right stage speakers. No surround. The screen, cabling, amplifiers, speakers, fences and banners are all pulled out of a shipping container and put back in again twice a day between November and March each year. During this time it was quite a common occurrence to pull out over 1 ton of equipment by hand in 43 degree heat with snakes, mosquitos and scorpions as company. an NEC 1200C is the source of projection. Gates open at about 6.30pm with the feature hitting screen at about 8pm. Pics available at

cinemasimon commented about Scitech Planetarium Cinema on Nov 12, 2015 at 8:34 pm

Hi, I actually manage this place and would love for some of the details to be upgraded for the Planetarium.

It was the OmniMax until 2000 when it was closed due to a lack of content, ticket sales and there was a 15/70 IMAX down the road and so it was decided to close the OMNI instead. I have pictures of the OMNI which I can upload at some point. IMAX left all the projection equipment here, plus the Spitz star lens and all the audio equipment too. Scitech Discovery Centre bought it in 2004 and re-opened it as ‘Horizon – The Planetarium’ showing full dome movies and ‘Horizon Live’ A presenter led tour of the known Universe and everything in between. Up until 2013 they used 6 x Barco 303 RGB projectors which proved very unreliable. In late 2013 a LotteryWest grant of AU$1.4m was awarded and the Planetarium was gutted out (which I was a part of) 2 x Sony T420 projectors and 1 Panasonic Laser LED DLP run the shows in 4K resolution over an 18m dome. we also have an 8bit 16.7M colour Cove system that is fully programmable for the dome lighting. It is still the largest in the Southern Hemisphere and attracts over 130,000 a year through its doors. It now holds 178 seats and space for 4 wheelchairs at the front.

Please feel free to delete this comment and copy/paste the details into the main description of the venue. If you need any more info, just give me a shout on my log-in email. Cheers! [cinema]Simon

cinemasimon commented about Piccadilly Cinema Centre on Jan 12, 2014 at 9:12 pm

Hi Rick, The Digital projector, servers, and associated equipment went to the Cygney Cinema in Como. Everything else belongs to the building, which is leased out by CBRE. So it stays in the building. however, some of the quipment that Cyril bought during his time there were removed by him and a few select others and taken away. The projectors, platters and sound equipment are still there. As is some of the candy bar equipment.

cinemasimon commented about Piccadilly Cinema Centre on Oct 16, 2013 at 5:57 pm

This cinema showed it’s last film on the 15th of October 2013. The current business owner was in arrears of AU$485,000 and his lease was cancelled by CBRE on the 30th of September. The NEC 2000 digital projector was sold privately to a single screen cinema on 13th October. All remaining speakers, projection equipment, sound equipment and confectionery are currently being removed from site.

Pictures taken by myself 2 days before it closed are available on my flickr account. (