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Birmingham Cinemas

paul stacey

master brummie
went to te Royalty from 5 years of age, from Sat pictures, to my first real date at 14, to visits with my dear Dad over a 10 year period, for such films, as Ice Cold in Alex, The Cockleshell Hero's,, Shane, D, Day, such many and varied happy times though out my young life, this picture house played such a large part, so sad to see it so abandoned!!!
 

RRJ

master brummie
Saw my first 'adult' movies at the Plaza Stockland Green, including 'Enter the Dragon' and 'Fritz the cat' although I certainly wasn't 18 :D

A few of my aunties were usherettes at the Gaumont in town during the fifties before getting married.
While I'm thinking of the Gaumont, how long did 'The sound of music' play continuously there for? seemed like
months or years to me at the time.
 

wam

master brummie
Why are so many theaters closing, are they being replaced by multi screen theaters? Aside from COVID the theaters were doing very good business.
Most of the ones that were converted to multiplexes were converted in the 80s or 90s. It seems like most new cinemas are built as multiplex except for the odd few that run IMAX movies only (e.g. Millennium point) or the odd independent.
 

Richard Dye

master brummie
Most of the ones that were converted to multiplexes were converted in the 80s or 90s. It seems like most new cinemas are built as multiplex except for the odd few that run IMAX movies only (e.g. Millennium point) or the odd independent.
Thank you!
Same thing is happening here. When we go which is not often we go at 4 in the afternoon then maybe an early dinner/snack. Also at 4 we have a discounted ticket.
 

Jollyjack

master brummie
Thanks Wam for your reply. The ABC New Street was The Forum. Don't know anything about the Mockingbird as I've not seen the modern Birmingham although, strangely enough, I shall be spending a day there shortly so I may be able to catch up. Ellbrown, many thanks for the link to Cinematreasures. I was aware of the site but not of the Birmingham Cinema pages which I've spent a very happy hour viewing. I'd forgotten the Scala Superama. I went to see 'Fall of the Roman Empire there and very nice it was too. The Cinematreasures page reveals just how many Cinemas have gone but it's not surprising when you can have a screen of any size you like at home with surround sound and home convieniences to hand at any time. In the 50's my Mom, sister and I went to the picures every Tuesday and Saturday. It was a way of life and something we didn't want to miss, but when t.v. came into the house I was left to go to a cinema (The Picture House, Harborne) with a declining audience. It was heartbreaking. Closure was inevitable. They were such happy times and I only wish someone had taken a photo of the inside of the old place.
The Forum opened in 1930 I believe. My father worked on it installing the ventilation system and was well known at the time for falling from the dome that was above the screen. Luckily the scaffolding saved him otherwise I wouldn't be writing this. I used to go there in the 60's it was a great little cinema.
 

Brummie a long time ago

master brummie
I do wish people from outside the Midlands would not say BirNingham though!
Or Birmin-Gam. (Apologies if that is how you say it.).

Saturday matinees at the Kingston Cinema, near the bus garage on the Coventry Road, defined my childhood. I was heartbroken when Mr Google showed me it had completely gone.

Andrew.
 
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