LATEST NEWS - Week commencing Monday 10th January 2022

LONDON (Northwood): LOOKING BACK: A long-lost cinema treasure of Northwood past
Designed by architect A. Douglas Clare, who passed away one month before its completion, the Rex Cinema in Northwood Hills screened movies for nearly 37 years before closing in 1973. It was located on Pinner Road.

BIRMINGHAM: One of the UK’s oldest cinemas to reopen this month
One of the oldest cinemas in the UK will reopen on Friday January 21 after it was closed at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.
Birmingham cinema The Electric announced the reopening on Twitter (January 10), with screenings of Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast and Guillermo Del Toro’s Nightmare Alley.

BRISTOL: Housing set to replace historic former cinema
Plans are being advanced to build housing in place of a historic former cinema – despite an ongoing campaign to stop it being bulldozed.
Bristol City Council has launched a new consultation on proposals for 30 homes at the old Broadway Cinema site in Knowle West.

DORCHESTER: Beloved cinema shut for days
A well-loved cinema in Dorchester has been forced to shut for a few days due to a power failure.

EDINBURGH: Portobello art deco cinema homes decision due
The proposal is for the substantial demolition of the C-listed building and redevelopment to form 21 homes at the former George Cinema in Bath Street in Portobello.
The applicants are described as local businessmen and “lifelong inhabitants of Portobello”.

HASTINGS: Electric Palace - campaign to save cinema from closure
The Electric Palace cinema in the Old Town said has taken the difficult decision to close its doors this month.
The venue has now launched a community fundraising appeal and is asking for people’s help to enable it to reopen later this year.

WATFORD: Memories of golden era when there were seven cinemas
A report regarding the history of silver screen cinemas in Watford in the Watford Observer was not entirely accurate.


NORTH AMERICA: Eight historic movie theaters with interesting second acts
In a new book, photographers Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre honor the remains—and the creative reuses—of North America’s iconic 20th century cinemas

U.S.A. - NEW YORK: Iconic Broadway theater being lifted 30 feet above Times Square
On Friday morning, constructions crews began lifting the iconic theater a full 30 feet to its new home - floating above Times Square.
The theater will become part of a $2.5 billion 46-story TSX Tower, currently under construction on Broadway. Lifting the Palace Theatre will preserve the iconic venue while freeing up ground-floor space for commercial use.
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The amazing life of Birmingham-born cinema pioneer Oscar Deutsch
Ronnie Deutsch remembers being at the opening of the first Odeon cinema with his father Oscar in Birmingham in 1930.
He tells Graham Young what it was like being the son of the man who founded the Odeon chain.