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smoothie commented about Rex Cinema on Jun 22, 2010 at 2:49 am

tonyne, the Leeds Library Service has a number of archive photos on its website of the Rex cinema-and many others in the Leeds area.

The website address is and the best way to access items you want in particular is to use the “Advanced Search” facility which is linked immediately underneath the heading.

Try not intially to use the variety of connections on the left of the home page or you could be going round and round for ages!

smoothie commented about ABC Birkenhead on May 11, 2010 at 1:40 pm

As revealed by our friends on the architectural website SkyscraperCity, the North-West heritage website “20thCenturyImages” has a glorious array of the post-war life and times photographs of primarily the Liverpool and Merseyside area.

Included in the Birkenhead section are a selection of cinemas in the Wirral area, and here is the ABC Birkenhead in the early 1960s with its ‘Billy Liar’ presentation:

smoothie commented about ABC Leeds on May 6, 2010 at 5:20 am

Multi-photographed portfolio of ABC Vicar Lane photographs on the Leeds Library and Information project ‘Leodis’. Most photographs in relation to the nearby expressway construction in the late 1960’s; but more recent, dormant, photos from the mid-2000’s. Easy way in is using the Advanced Search facility right from the word go, linked immediately under the main heading. Then just search for ‘ABC’ in the Keyword space. Don’t touch any of the other drop-downs!

smoothie commented about Opera House on May 2, 2010 at 10:34 am

rvb; the site I have accessed particularly for general Local History work is the Derbyshire ‘Picturethepast’ archives.

To get there in this instance, go to First searchbox type ‘cinema’.
Without exiting choose ‘Buxton’ from the next search which is a drop-down list. Then ‘search’ at the same page bottom. Plese get back if you need help navigating. Plenty of extra photos of The Opera House too!

smoothie commented about Opera House on Apr 25, 2010 at 8:52 am

Addendum to the above. Refernce to “The Picture House”, Spring Gardens. Date(s) to be fully confirmed, but at least in the 1930’s.

smoothie commented about Opera House on Apr 25, 2010 at 8:46 am

I’m thinking that if it was a cinema/theatre then the identity will be the Hippodrome, to the rear of the Opera House, for a brief period in the 1930’s, and part of the Pavilion music rooms. The proper address would be St.John’s Road.

smoothie commented about Classic Praed Street on Feb 14, 2010 at 6:20 am

I think that photo is more likley to be 1966/67, Ken. “Southwest to Sonora” wasn’t released until October 27,1966 at the Leicester Square Theatre. Maybe my dates are mixed up though!

smoothie commented about Diamond Banqueting Suite on Oct 9, 2009 at 2:52 am

As we speak, the flyer to the facility has just been published on-line, and a glimpse of the renovations can be seen here:-

smoothie commented about Diamond Banqueting Suite on Oct 9, 2009 at 2:40 am

Enthusiasts of rescued cinemas (Odeons in particular) might like to know that this past week has seen the re-opening of our 1930’s buidling as an Asian banqueting and conference centre. Maybe Ken Roe can advise us what was the conditionality of the listing for this place, in which case I will zip along there and see if i can get hold of a brochure for people to scrutinise.

smoothie commented about Astoria Theatre on Mar 22, 2009 at 1:10 am

Ken,Mar 20,and everyone:– I have the original newspaper ads from 1969 with the Cinerama and Astoria logo. In fact regarding the Astoria logo for every film shown there since the early 1960’s. Roland Lataille has some of my selection to put up on the CineramaTopcities website, but would anyone be interested to a link of my own to share them directly. i would need advice as to whether Flickr or Photobucket(or whatever) would be the best medium, and also how to manage the technicalities. Im a bit of a IT saddo unfortunately.

smoothie commented about Odeon Doncaster on Feb 14, 2009 at 7:57 am

This is a stark-staring NO! from me. I’m a cinema lover and a Quaker and this is armageddon!!!

smoothie commented about Horse became the show when it walked into an English cinema on Jan 11, 2009 at 4:08 am

At least it had the rest of its body with unlike “The Godfather”..

Don’t worry anyway Howard, it can happen only here in England!

smoothie commented about Odeon Camberwell on Dec 22, 2008 at 3:13 am

Lost Memory; your photo might be a version of Ken Roe’s posting on Dec 31 2006(above) but we may never know as that link seems to have been diconnected. In any event your photo records a presentation of Dad’s Army which had its premiere at the Columbia,Shaftesbury Avenue on March 15,1971 and its subsequent South London release on April 11. Unless there was a later re-run at the Odeon Camberwell can we suggest around those two dates maybe?

smoothie commented about Remembering Paul Newman on Sep 29, 2008 at 11:51 pm

Yes indeed,Brucec.i’m 1953 vintage. The fact that we were able to see the first runs AT theatres which are at the heart of this very website is crucial. With some of the research sites here in England, might anyone like me to draw up a selection of pictures of long-gone cinemas actually showing a Newman film at the time? Maybe we could set up a Flickr group with movie theatres showing particular films? On my regional local history site in Birmingham England ( there is a Paul Newman thread with my (profile name, Richie) postings. You don’t need to register to view comments, but you do need to do so to make replies.

smoothie commented about Diamond Banqueting Suite on Sep 11, 2008 at 1:02 pm

Ian-the Local history website has now got itself sorted. Type in just “Odeon” in the searchbox, and click on ‘images’(its pre-set on archive papers otherwise). Don’t foget to include the “inverted commas”.

The Maltby Collection on English Heritage has also been enlarged too.

I’ll still mail one or two “specials” over thwe weekend when i can (a)get my hands on them (b)Persude\my boss that 100 hrs a week isn’t all that nice really. LOL

smoothie commented about Trocadero Cinema on Jun 30, 2008 at 9:42 pm

Whilst looking for other material on the newly-updated RIBA website recently, I hope I’ve discovered the epitome of the CinemaTreasures theme of capturing the juxtaposition of the modern and the glorious:

Photograph taken in most likely the very last few months of operation:–

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smoothie commented about Odeon Camberwell on Jun 29, 2008 at 5:38 am

Champlin-I have my own portfolio of every movie 1965 to 1995:adverts,press reviews,photos from TV Times even.Some films loads of stuff;other very little if independently released. Will have an up-to-date bibliography though, maybe an ad from the London Evening Standard with the Odeon,Camberwell listed amongst all the others-don’t know until I get into the vault where the collection is stored at a library different part of Birmingham. Maybe tomorrow(Monday 30th) more likely end of the week however.

smoothie commented about Storyhouse Theatre & Cinema on Jun 19, 2008 at 12:10 am

Has this article been mentioned before? Extensive feature article by the local Chester preservation group;–

smoothie commented about Odeon Manchester on Jun 15, 2008 at 2:36 pm

1970’s photograph here. Might be replicated elsewhere, but on main page of

smoothie commented about Rainbow Theatre on Jun 10, 2008 at 11:54 pm

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)has revolutionised its website to include a classic buildings dimension, cinemas and theatres included. To get to the one (so far) classic photo of the Astoria,Finsbury Park just go to the home page of and simply type in “Astoria” in the searchbox. Finsbury Park is numbered 8291.

smoothie commented about Dreamland Cinema on May 31, 2008 at 12:52 am

Fear not as far as our memories are concerned. The Royal Institute of British Architects has a superb collection of past photos.

Just go to

Very simply type in “Dreamland” in the ‘quicksearch’ box on the left.

smoothie commented about Drive-In Super Monster-Rama September 12-13 on May 21, 2008 at 12:17 am

Are they not showing Roger Corman’s 1963 movie “The Terror”? That’s the one playing at the drive-in featured in the movie “Targets”, Boris Karloff’s last film release almost exactly 40 years ago in America.

smoothie commented about ABC Kingston upon Thames on May 18, 2008 at 1:26 am

One of those one-in-a-million unrelated subject photos with our topic in the frame!(1970?):–

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smoothie commented about Library once had role as theater on May 17, 2008 at 12:30 am

At least its being put to some creative use. Here in UK they either get turned into dens of gambling,drinking, or disappear altogether!

smoothie commented about Odeon Merrion Centre Leeds on Apr 29, 2008 at 5:19 am

Special BBC Leeds 2006 feature here: View link