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.Why are so many theaters closing, are they being replaced by multi screen theaters? Aside from COVID the theaters were doing very good business.
Thank you!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.
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.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.
Or Birmin-Gam. (Apologies if that is how you say it.).I do wish people from outside the Midlands would not say BirNingham though!