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Ian commented about Ollerton Picture House on Jan 22, 2022 at 3:53 am

This had been demolished and replaced by a Boyes Store and a post office by 2015.

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Ian commented about Arcadia Centre on Jan 20, 2022 at 1:59 am

A photo of the closed Arcadia Theatre, taken in 1987 here:-

Arcadia Theatre - Exterior

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Ian commented about Plymouth Athenaeum Theatre on Jan 14, 2022 at 10:55 am

Some photos taken in 1991 here:-

Exterior

Stage

Auditorium

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Ian commented about Victoria Hall on Nov 18, 2021 at 7:10 am

I think this - or at least the auditorium block - may still survive, incorporated into what became the Co-op and is now Wilco’s. In the same location (on google street view) is a pitched roof hall with the same small window high in the apex. Looking at the modern satellite view, the hall roof can be clearly seen. The facade and entrance have certainly been demolished, but I suspect the cinema walls survive.

Search on HD1 2RR in google (Maps) and place the person icon (for streetview) on the lower side of Queensgate, immediately above the County Court building.

To the right you can see the Town Hall, and to the left of that (as shown on the Aerial photo in the photo section for this cinema) is the substantial remains of the Victoria Hall.

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Ian commented about Kinema in the Woods on Nov 3, 2021 at 1:36 am

Three photos from October 2021:-

KINEMA IN THE WOODS - Exterior

KINEMA IN THE WOODS - Screen 1

KINEMA IN THE WOODS - Screen 4

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Ian commented about Empire X Cinema Club on Oct 26, 2021 at 1:48 am

The shop area (the major part of the auditorium) is now in a very poor condition internally, with much of the art deco plasterwork present in 2007, now stripped out. The sex screens (located in part of the balcony)have apparently reopened after the COVID lockdown. Photo September 2021:-

EMPIRE CINEMA

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Ian commented about Princess Picture House on Oct 26, 2021 at 1:43 am

Two photos of the former Princess from September 2021 - still disused:-

PRINCESS THEATRE - Facade

PRINCESS THEATRE - Flank wall

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Ian commented about Grand Picture Theatre on Oct 26, 2021 at 1:37 am

A photo from 2021:-

GRAND CINEMA - Facade

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Ian commented about Kinema in the Woods on Oct 21, 2021 at 7:02 am

In early October 2021 the small Kinema 4 was added, seating just 21 - but complete with screen tabs! This, like screens 2 & 3 is additional to the footprint, not a sub-division of an existing screen.

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Ian commented about Stoll Cinema on Oct 19, 2021 at 6:36 am

… or maybe not. There was a report of demolition, but google street view of 2016 shows both front and rear to be intact.

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Ian commented about Odeon Luxe London West End on Oct 17, 2021 at 4:49 am

CF100: I cannot be entirely sure, but I think moveable masking is in place, although like the Odeon Luxe LS tabs whether it is used or not is an unknown fact.

I was very generously allowed in between screenings whilst cleaning was in progress, but looking at the walls in the photos I cannot discern any lighting strips which may add a colour in screen 2 - there are blue strips in the aisles. The shape of the auditorium may be a factor - the lighting strips may be more effective in a longer, more oblong theatre?

Moviebuff82: I, too, would recommend the Bond movie. As you would expect, the cinematography is superb, right from the start as the opening credits merge into a forest. It is witty, the chases exciting, and to say much more would give away too much! Do find a big screen to see it though.

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Ian commented about Spa Pavilion on Oct 14, 2021 at 8:48 am

A couple of photos from 2006 (obviously of the 1950 building):-

SPA PAVILION - Exterior

SPA PAVILION - Auditorium

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Ian commented about Savoy Cinema on Oct 14, 2021 at 12:50 am

Nadeem - that is correct. The initial set of plans gave the original two screens (which opened as the Paragon, later renamed Reel) a new facade and incorporated them within a larger 6 screen complex. However, this scheme was later revised and the Savoy’s five screens were built on a separate footprint, with the original screens demolished - sadly a year before the Savoy opened, leaving the town without a cinema.

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Ian commented about Odeon Luxe London West End on Oct 8, 2021 at 12:50 pm

I only saw the cinema, not the film on this occasion - but will be seeing it at my ‘local’ on Tuesday.

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Ian commented about Odeon Luxe London West End on Oct 7, 2021 at 1:20 am

I had the chance to look at these this week, and I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised by the development. The auditoria (whilst black and plain) are comfortable and spacious with no oppressive basement feel. The entrance is dramatic and the foyer (designed with a much higher number of patrons in mind) is elegant and generous. A few photos (October 2021):-

Odeon Luxe West End - EXTERIOR

Odeon Luxe West End - ESCALATOR TO FOYER

Odeon Luxe West End - SCREEN 1 - DOLBY THEATRE

Odeon Luxe West End - SCREEN 2

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Ian commented about Odeon Marble Arch on Sep 8, 2021 at 12:40 am

The replacement building, nearing completion in August 2021:- MARBLE ARCH PLACE

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Ian commented about Lonsdale Alhambra Cinemas on Aug 14, 2021 at 4:45 am

A third screen, seating 36, was added by incorporating an adjoining shop. All three screens open in 2021 - when these photos were taken

Exterior

Screen 1 Auditorium

Screen 2 Auditorium

Screen 3 Auditorium

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Ian commented about Rex Cinema on Jul 26, 2021 at 12:01 pm

Google street view show the Rex is still there and functioning as Opera Bingo - post code is CA2 5EN

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Ian commented about Europa-Palast on Jun 17, 2021 at 11:55 am

Sorry, it seems that it is no longer possible to post a link to the street view, so the above link will not work.

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Ian commented about Europa-Palast on Jun 17, 2021 at 11:52 am

The streetview seems to support that - the cinema is to the right of the Traf iQ booth under the red ‘E’ and the galeria to the left. Sadly it is many years since I was last in Frankfurt so cannot confirm current status of the Europa.

street scene

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Ian commented about Cine Verano on Jun 9, 2021 at 2:21 am

Photos from 2003 here:-

Cine Verano CALPE - Facade

Cine Verano CALPE - Screen

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Ian commented about Cine Alhambra on Jun 9, 2021 at 2:18 am

Photo from 2003 here:-

Cine Alhambra CALPE

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Ian commented about Cine Nereida on Jun 9, 2021 at 2:15 am

Photo from 2003 here:-

Cine Nereida BENIDORM

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Ian commented about Cines Colci Benidorm on Jun 9, 2021 at 2:12 am

Photo from 2003 here:-

Cines Colci BENIDORM

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Ian commented about Cine Astoria on May 2, 2021 at 12:00 pm

The Astoria was demolished in 2019