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Mr. Smith’s, Warrington, England, U.K.via Warrington-Worldwide
In less depressing U.K. preservation news, a historic cinema building in Warrington (btw. Manchester and Liverpool) has been saved.
From Warrington-Worldwide:

Warrington’s iconic Mr Smith’s nightclub has now officially been saved from the bulldozers and will be transformed into a Youth Zone - and a new home for Warrington Youth Club.
Warrington Borough Council’s Executive Board last night (Monday) unanimously approved a £3 million capital investment to help renovate the building and get the facility up and running.
The building’s owners the Pervaiz Naviede Family Trust have confirmed the sale of the building for £1.2 million to the Newton-le-Willows based Vimto drinks company who will donate the building back to the community on a 125 year lease deal, involving a peppercorn ren*…
Mr Smith’s was formerly the Ritz and then the ABC cinema before it shot to fame in the 1980s, attracting large numbers of revellers each week.
More recently, it had short openings as Synergy and Halo nightclubs in the late 2000s but never attracted the same numbers to make it a viable business.
Warrington council failed in an attempt to buy the building in 2011 when it wanted to include the site in its plans to improve the waterfront area next to the Mersey.
They council was prepared to pay around £500,000 for the building at the time which eventually went for in the region of £1 million.
The building opened in August 1937 as a 1,928 seat cinema and the first film starred Robert Armstrong Without Orders and Chester Morris “I promise to pay.”

* Curious, what is a “peppercorn ren”? -Wendy

Mr. Smith’s, Warrington, England, U.K.
via Warrington-Worldwide

In less depressing U.K. preservation news, a historic cinema building in Warrington (btw. Manchester and Liverpool) has been saved.

From Warrington-Worldwide:

Warrington’s iconic Mr Smith’s nightclub has now officially been saved from the bulldozers and will be transformed into a Youth Zone - and a new home for Warrington Youth Club.

Warrington Borough Council’s Executive Board last night (Monday) unanimously approved a £3 million capital investment to help renovate the building and get the facility up and running.

The building’s owners the Pervaiz Naviede Family Trust have confirmed the sale of the building for £1.2 million to the Newton-le-Willows based Vimto drinks company who will donate the building back to the community on a 125 year lease deal, involving a peppercorn ren*…

Mr Smith’s was formerly the Ritz and then the ABC cinema before it shot to fame in the 1980s, attracting large numbers of revellers each week.

More recently, it had short openings as Synergy and Halo nightclubs in the late 2000s but never attracted the same numbers to make it a viable business.

Warrington council failed in an attempt to buy the building in 2011 when it wanted to include the site in its plans to improve the waterfront area next to the Mersey.

They council was prepared to pay around £500,000 for the building at the time which eventually went for in the region of £1 million.

The building opened in August 1937 as a 1,928 seat cinema and the first film starred Robert Armstrong Without Orders and Chester Morris “I promise to pay.”

* Curious, what is a “peppercorn ren”? -Wendy

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Fox Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia
Photo by Wendy Darling

A couple examples of the over-the-top “Moorish” architecture found throughout the theater complex. The architecture, who was French, had never seen any such architecture in person and based his designs entirely on books, drawings, photos, lithographs, etc. (Same for all the Egyptian style rooms.) 

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Fox Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia
Photo by Wendy Darling

The Fox seats over 4,000, meaning they have to keep over 4,000 seats up and running, with spiffy upholstery true to the original design. They’re pretty comfy seats, I’ve found. These are seats on the orchestra level. If the light was better you could see the details on the ends of the rows.

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Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GeorgiaPhoto by Wendy Darling
Yesterday I went on a tour of one of my most favorite Atlanta buildings / institutions, the Fabulous Fox Theatre, with my mother, who is visiting from out of town. I have been to many performances at the theater, roamed around as much as possible (before and after the show, at intermission) and have researched it for posts on this blog, but had never done a tour. It was a great tour —  learned even more and saw several areas I’d never seen before, including normally private areas.
Anyway, while it’s only partially Art Deco (it opened in 1929), and mostly alternating Moorish & Egyptian style (thanks to the Shriners), since I’ve got the pictures, and we’re talking fantastic 1920s movie palace architecture, I thought I’d share them here. Besides, I’m about to go out of town (to Savannah) with my mom for a few days, so I need something to post, don’t I?
-Wendy 

Fox Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia
Photo by Wendy Darling

Yesterday I went on a tour of one of my most favorite Atlanta buildings / institutions, the Fabulous Fox Theatre, with my mother, who is visiting from out of town. I have been to many performances at the theater, roamed around as much as possible (before and after the show, at intermission) and have researched it for posts on this blog, but had never done a tour. It was a great tour — learned even more and saw several areas I’d never seen before, including normally private areas.

Anyway, while it’s only partially Art Deco (it opened in 1929), and mostly alternating Moorish & Egyptian style (thanks to the Shriners), since I’ve got the pictures, and we’re talking fantastic 1920s movie palace architecture, I thought I’d share them here. Besides, I’m about to go out of town (to Savannah) with my mom for a few days, so I need something to post, don’t I?

-Wendy 

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SIFF Cinema Egyptian, Seattle, Washingtonvia Seattle Times
I can’t resist a movie theater renovation story, and here’s a nice one out of Seattle.
From the Seattle Times: 

The newest chapter in the almost century-long Egyptian Theatre story begins this week. A former Masonic temple now owned by Seattle Central College, the ornate Capitol Hill single-screen movie palace closed its doors last year, when Landmark Theatres ended a 24-year occupancy. Now it has a new life: The Seattle International Film Festival — which made its home at the Egyptian [renamed SIFF Cinema Egyptian) back in the 1980s — has taken over the lease, and reopens its doors this weekend with a gala celebration…
…Though the Egyptian won’t look too different to the casual eye, SIFF has given it a face-lift for its new incarnation: new sound equipment (long a problem in the old Egyptian), new speakers and amplifiers, a restored 35mm projector along with digital projection equipment, electrical and heating/ventilation/air conditioning updates, a freshening-up of the concessions area (which now serves beer on tap, as well as wine), better lighting and paint touch-ups to the elaborate, Egyptian-themed décor.

SIFF Cinema Egyptian, Seattle, Washington
via Seattle Times

I can’t resist a movie theater renovation story, and here’s a nice one out of Seattle.

From the Seattle Times:

The newest chapter in the almost century-long Egyptian Theatre story begins this week. A former Masonic temple now owned by Seattle Central College, the ornate Capitol Hill single-screen movie palace closed its doors last year, when Landmark Theatres ended a 24-year occupancy. Now it has a new life: The Seattle International Film Festival — which made its home at the Egyptian [renamed SIFF Cinema Egyptian) back in the 1980s — has taken over the lease, and reopens its doors this weekend with a gala celebration…

…Though the Egyptian won’t look too different to the casual eye, SIFF has given it a face-lift for its new incarnation: new sound equipment (long a problem in the old Egyptian), new speakers and amplifiers, a restored 35mm projector along with digital projection equipment, electrical and heating/ventilation/air conditioning updates, a freshening-up of the concessions area (which now serves beer on tap, as well as wine), better lighting and paint touch-ups to the elaborate, Egyptian-themed décor.

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Odeon Cinema, Sydney, Australia
via Daily Telegraph

Photo from a feature on a one-screen theater in Sydney — quite a survivor. It reminds me of the Plaza Theatre here in Atlanta.

From the article:

In a world where bigger is better, one of Sydney’s humblest, smallest cinemas is proving the exception to the rule.

Hornsby’s 490-seat Odeon Cinema, the only single-screen cinema left in Sydney, marks its 100th year this year.

Manager David Stone says the secret to the art-deco cinema’s success is “knowing your audience”.

“You have to pick the right film every time, especially when you’ve only got one screen,” he said.

The Odeon opened on the Pacific Hwy in 1914 as ‘Hornsby Cinema’ with the foyer on street level and the big screen likely featuring some of Charlie Chaplin’s finest work.

It was rebuilt in 1921 and again in the 1930s when art deco was at the forefront of building design.

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