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MappMan commented about Highbury Cinema on Apr 9, 2022 at 6:38 am

Now a branch of McColl’s convenience stores - April 2022.

MappMan commented about Odeon Temple Fortune on Mar 8, 2022 at 2:06 pm

It can be seen in the background of a couple of scenes in an episode of “Dial 999” (“Mechanical watchman”, 1958) with Odeon Temple Fortune clearly visible on the side wall.

MappMan commented about Pullman Cinema on Dec 13, 2021 at 12:09 pm

The exterior can be seen in a 1959 episode of the “Scotland Yard” tv series (“The Dover Road Mystery”) when one of the criminals leaves the cinema. There’s also a shot of the foyer as the cashier signals to waiting police that the suspected criminal has left the building.

MappMan commented about Savoy Cinematograph Hall on Oct 7, 2021 at 7:49 am

Opened as the Darncombe Kinema in 1910 by Harold E Buxton and Fred Hargeaves.

MappMan commented about Odeon Lewisham on Feb 6, 2021 at 6:43 am

Exterior of the then Gaumont Palace is visible in the background as Annette Whiteley wanders aimlessly along Lewisham High Street at night in “Girl on approval” (1962).

MappMan commented about Cannon Lewisham on Feb 6, 2021 at 6:35 am

In “Girl on approval” (1962)James Maxwell and Annette Whiteley pay a visit to the Cannon when it was known as the Rex and was showing a double bill of “Watch it, sailor” (1961) and “Treasure of Monte Cristo” (1949). Shots of exterior, foyer and box office (including uniformed commissionaire and ticket prices). Also includes shots of cinema cafe. Exterior also appears later when the double bill has changed to “The absent-minded professor” (1961) and “The horsemasters” (1961).

MappMan commented about Clifton Cinema on Feb 4, 2021 at 8:33 am

Clifton Picture House (York) Ltd was registered in 1936 to acquire property at Town Street, Clifton, from Jack Prendergast for the purpose of erecting a kinematograph theatre. He and William Tomlinson Mawson (a corporate accountant) were named as directors. It was opened in November 1937 by the Clifton Cinema Company Ltd, with Jack Prendergast “in control”. Percy Bedford was the manager, R M Morsley the assistant manager and Mawson the company chairman. Prendergast and Mawson were both listed as proprietors in 1944. It closed as a cinema in October 1964, reopening as the Clifton Bingo Club. Jack Prendergast’s son, Patrick (Lancaster 1924-1985 Grimston, York), a “trainee cinema operator” in 1939, became manager, while his own son, Jonathan, managed the adjacent Clifton Club. Now known as Clifton Bingo and owned by Clifton Bingo Club Ltd, whose directors are Jonathan and his brother, Jeremy.

MappMan commented about Rialto Cinema on Feb 4, 2021 at 8:30 am

Built in 1909 as the New City Skating Rink, it was later renamed the Palace Skating Rink. In 1911 - now the City Roller Skating Rink - it was offered fo sale or rent, the owners claiming it would make a fine Picture Show [sic] or Billiard Saloon or both. It was described as having a fine frontage and being substantially built - the building’s dimensions were 227ft by 98ft. In 1924 it was known as the City Cinema and by 1927, the Casino. The proprietor was Lloyd Forsyth, a Folkestone based entrepreneur who had earlier advertised that he wanted to rent “a large skating rink, dance hall or very large kinema preferably in the north.” Renamed the Rialto Cinema, it was gutted by fire on 6 April 1935 with only the shell of the building left standing. Films in a fireproof box were untouched, however. It was speedily rebuilt and reopened on 25 November 1935. The proprietors during this period were Jack Prendergast (John Barry’s father) and J E Winder. In 1961 the cinema (which incorporated a large ballroom) was sold to Mecca (Dancing) Ltd who ran it as a Mecca Bingo and Social Club.

MappMan commented about Regent Cinema on Jan 22, 2021 at 8:09 am

Building started in 1928 but wasn’t completed until 1934.

MappMan commented about Gaiety Cinema on Jan 19, 2021 at 6:58 am

Managing Director at one time was Pentland Hick who bought the Central Cinema, Pickering, from Jack Prendergast in 1960.

MappMan commented about Central Cinema on Jan 19, 2021 at 6:51 am

Owned by Jack Prendergast (father of film composer John Barry) and sold to Pentland Hick (managing director of Gaiety Cinema, Scarborough) in 1960.

MappMan commented about Bonington Theatre on Nov 28, 2020 at 8:05 am

Originally a theatre and performance space forming part of Arnold Leisure Centre (other components include a swimming pool and library) which was built in 1963-64 and remodelled in 1983. A digital projection system with 5:1 surround sound was installed in 2015 and feature films are now shown on a regular basis. 178 seats (in pre-Covid days) - reduced to 24. Operated by Gedling Borough Council and referred to on its publicity leaflets as the Bonington Cinema.

MappMan commented about Roscoe Picture House on Sep 30, 2020 at 3:25 am

Hall and Fenton was the architectural practice commissioned to design the New Roscoe.

MappMan commented about Adelphi Picture Theatre on Sep 30, 2020 at 3:22 am

The architect was William Carter Fenton (1861-1959). Alderman and Lord Mayor of Sheffield. Former Corporation Chief Building and Architectural Surveyor before establishing the architectural practice of Hall and Fenton.

MappMan commented about Cambridge Theatre on Jun 16, 2020 at 6:49 am

The exterior can be seen in “Man on the run” (1949). A fugitive villain steals a car parked outside – the owner is inside at a film Trade Show. Shortly after the police arrive and enter the lobby.

MappMan commented about Ionic Picture Theatre on Jun 15, 2020 at 6:53 am

The exterior of the original Ionic can be seen in “Offbeat” (1960) when a Scotland Yard detective walks past a poster advertising the comedy crime film “Law and disorder” (1958)

MappMan commented about Queens Cinema on May 4, 2020 at 9:34 am

Planning permission given in May 2020 to demolish the building and replace it with a nine storey apartment block.

MappMan commented about Classic Nottingham on May 4, 2020 at 8:05 am

Some time in the 1980s the owners of nearby record store, Selectadisc, tried to buy the Classic with the intention of turning it into an arthouse cinema with “…music, food, drink and DJs etc.”

MappMan commented about Capitol Cinema on Apr 22, 2020 at 2:54 am

In 1942 the cinema was used by the Army Kinematograph Service as its exhibition headquarters and projectionist training centre.

MappMan commented about Majestic Theatre on Apr 16, 2020 at 8:26 am

Some further background taken from “Made in North Notts” (issue 13 November/December 2019, p.52).

Building work began in April 1927, taking six months to complete. It was operated by Cyril Getliffe, who also owned two other Retford cinemas – The Picture House (later the Roxy) and The Palace Theatre. It was built originally to take stage plays and moving pictures. The projectors were converted to sound in 1929. The cinema was sold to Midland Empire Theatres Ltd in 1943. It later became a bingo hall and began screening films again in 1968. It closed in 1983 and was put up for sale for the sum of £48,950. After being purchased in 1986 it became a two-screen cinema but closed again in 1992. The Retford Theatre Trust was established shortly afterwards to raise money to save the building.

One part of the building still has the original 1920s lino running through it and down a flight of stairs.

MappMan commented about Palace Theatre on Apr 16, 2020 at 8:10 am

Some further background taken from “Made in North Notts” (issue 13 November/December 2019, p.51).

It took twenty-two weeks to build and was Mansfield’s first purpose-built cinema. An advertisement for the grand opening in 1910 refers to it as the Palace Electric Theatre. The seating capacity was 850; 500 seats in the pit, 230 seats in the stalls, and 120 seats in the circle. Admission prices in 1910 were threepence for the lower pit, fourpence for the pit, sixpence for the stalls and one shilling for the Grand Circle. Sound was introduced in 1931, the first talking picture to be screened being “Love comes along” (1930). The building was refurbished in 1937 when pieces of the ornate plaster frontage began to fall on pedestrians. It was replaced with plain rendering.

The cinema became a theatre in 1944, reopening on 3 July. Plans to convert it back to a cinema failed to materialse and it closed in August 1954. The building was bought by Mansfield Borough Council in 1956 for £11,500 and reopened in March 1957 as the Civic Hall. It received a new frontage in 1971 and was renamed the Civic Theatre.

MappMan commented about Regent Cinema on Jul 15, 2019 at 6:49 am

I went past the cinema on 4 July 2019. Builder’s van parked outside so presumably builder was somewhere inside. No sign of activity but foyer seemed to be in a state of potential refurbishment…

MappMan commented about Picture Theatre on Jun 20, 2019 at 2:49 am

There’s an article about The Picture Theatre by Robert Ovens – Oakham’s first cinema – in the current issue of the Rutland Local History & Record Society Newsletter (no. 1/19, April 2019, pp.9-12). Available at

MappMan commented about Ideal Cinema on Apr 26, 2019 at 8:35 am

The Ideal Cinema was located on Westgate in Southwell (NG25 0LL), not Market Place. It was built by local builder W. D. Tuck on the site of the former Westgate Brewery which had been demolished in 1930. The 600 seat cinema opened in 1932 with two nightly performances from Monday to Saturday, plus a matinee performance on Saturday. The building included a stage and plays were performed there at various times. A social club was established in a separate building at the rear of the auditorium. The cinema foyer was flanked by two shops – a flower shop run by Kathleen Tuck and an electrical supplies shop. Dances and public meetings were held on the upper floor. By 1950 it was owned by Jayel Cinemas (Southwell) Ltd and after a number of changes in ownership, the cinema finally closed on 6 February 1962. In 1970 it was the head office of Theatre and Display (John Griffin) Ltd, suppliers of stage scenery and lighting services for theatres. At a later date the building was used by Pressac for the assembly of telephones. This ended in 1989 and in 1992 the foyer was converted into a flower shop and greengrocers.

MappMan commented about King's Picture House on Mar 8, 2019 at 7:41 am

King’s Picture House was opened on 22nd March 1915 by the Ilkeston Cinema Company Ltd (owned by local pawnbroker John Brailsford) and deliberately sited across the road from where the rival Globe Picture House was to be built. The architect was H. Tatham of Sudbury. The builders were Bosworth & Lowe of Nottingham. The exterior consisted of a biscuit-colored faience (terra-cotta) with space left for shop and office units. The auditorium measured 86 ft by 50 ft. Interior walls were a rich plaster tinted in blue and gold. The plasterwork was carried out by Lazzerini of Nottingham. Tip-up chairs were supplied by the Buoyant Upholstery Company of Sandiacre. The projection room was located over the lounge and equipped with two projectors. £3000 of alterations were carried out in late 1920 and involved removal of the virtually unused stage and an extension of the auditorium. An organ loft was also created but there is no record of an organ being installed.

On 8th October 1929 it showed an early sound version of “Show Boat” (1929). A Western Electric sound system and Kalee 8 projectors were installed on 27th January 1930. Later sound systems included the Western Electric Wide Range and Western Electric Mirrorphonic. Projectors were regularly updated and included Ernemann V and Westar systems. It closed for several weeks in 1936 for major modernisation overseen by Reginald W. Cooper, a Nottingham architect. The ornate plasterwork was removed and a new proscenium installed. Concealed lighting was introduced on the side walls. Total seating was reduced to 1,340 on account of wider seats and more space between rows. A 44 foot wide CinemaScope screen together with stereophonic sound was installed in 1954.

The building was sold to Town & Country Properties, the cinema’s final screening – “The thrill of it all” (1963) – taking place on 29th February 1964. It was demolished and replaced by The Albion Centre shopping mall.

Although officially known as King’s Picture House, the sign on the front of the building did not have a comma and thus was Kings Picture House.

The postcode for site of the cinema is DE7 8AG.