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Report (Permission Visit) Danilo cinema, Brierley Hill, December 2015

Discussion in 'Theatres and Cinemas' started by TranKmasT, Dec 12, 2015.

  1. TranKmasT

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    The Danilo Cinema, Brierly Hill in the West Midlands, was the first of a chain of Danilo Cinemas to be built and opened by Mortimer Dent.

    The Danilo Cinema was opened on 21st December 1936 with Ann Harding in “The Lady Consents”. It was opened by popular film star George Formby, who was appearing on stage at a theatre in Birmingham that week. It was designed in a splendid Art Deco style by Ernest S. Roberts of the architectural firm Satchwell & Roberts. The mass of brick on the facade was relieved by a large central window, which allowed light into the circle foyer. Above the window was the name ‘DANILO’ in large letters which were illuminated at night with neon.

    A major historic moment in the history of the Danilo Cinema was on the evening of 25th September 1938, when Paul Robson appeared ‘in person’ to sing in concert with the Brierley Hill Choral Society.

    In 1946, Mortimer Dent sold his chain of Danilo Cinemas to the Southan Morris chain of S.M. Super Cinemas. In 1955, they were sold to the Newcastle upon Tyne based Essoldo Cinemas chain, but this particular Danilo Cinema retained its name until closing on 22nd February 1969 with Dustin Hoffman in “The Graduate”.

    It was converted into a Mecca Bingo Club, then later a Walker’s Bingo Club. In 2000, it was converted into the Eclipse nightclub, which closed in June 2002. On 20th December 2002, it re-opened as ‘The Club’, and since then has operated as a nightclub under several names The Deep, Oxygen and from 9th July 2011 as Pulse Nightclub.




    Unfortunately there is not much left of the original art deco interior and as been overly modernised throughout.
    Only the bare projector rooms and some stair sections seem untouched.


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  2. Camera Shy

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    Looks good that, top man.
     
  3. Speed

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    Has it closed again then? I remember looking before it was 'pulse' what a shit hole!
     
  4. flasher

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    I had a quick snoop round here a few years ago, while I was servicing the alarm. The place had been converted into a club by then (before it became "pulse") and the last few rows of seats were still in situ on the balcony, behind a false wall.
    The manager used to barricade himself into the projection room at closing time with the takings, then bank them in the morning.
     
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    What a sorry state the Danilo now looks. l found a programme from the cinema from June 1961 the big film that month was The Magnificent Seven. Prices Balcony 2/9 Stalls 2/3 & 1/6 Old Folk 9d. The manager was Ron Homer with matinees Mon Thu Saturday.
     
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