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Report - Savoy Cinema, Kettering - April 2013

Discussion in 'Theatres and Cinemas' started by Session9, Apr 22, 2013.

  1. Session9

    Session9 A life backwards
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    The explore

    I have been exploring for a long time now, but it is with a dose of shame that the Savoy became my first cinema explore. I guess i have always looked for bigger fish and not given the humble picture house much attention. Well, how wrong have i been! Ok, there is no doubt that the Savoy is well trashed, but i enjoyed it here. How times have changed and so quickly with the advent of the multiplex and other forms of entertainment that fight for our leisure time. Together with the loss of so many local pubs, small shops, Post Offices and factories, it makes me wonder what form of local community (if at all) we will have.


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    A step back in time, photo undated. The stage curtain has the legend 'Safety Curtain' on it.
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    Bingo tables somewhere under a mountain of pigeon poop. This was the former stage.
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    One of the dressing rooms.
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    Main entrance. The two fairly small cinemas are through the doors on the left. Ice creams right. The collection of film posters shown on previous reports in the lobby have almost disappeared.
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    Steps to one of the screens. 'Apocalypse Kettering' now showing...
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    No roof on this screen, thanks to a fire in 2011.
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    Hand wheel for raising the curtains?

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    That's all folks :)
     

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  2. Daivd

    Daivd 28DL Member
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    I have fond memories of myself as a 10 year old going to Saturday morning kids cinema at the Savoy which was just round the corner from Linden Avenue where we lived. Also at Christmas there were a few fully staged pantomimes. The Savoy in Russell Street had a lot of previous dramatic and variety performances plus concerts of all suits didn't the Shadows play there? The last time I looked the old building which had been closed and derelict for many a year, was gone and the site being marked out for a mini housing development. I remember the manager of the cinema was a short business like man who resided with his wife in one of those lovely bungalows in St Mary Road . There must be a generation of 60 odd year youngsters still around who also have that memory of unlimited fun and horse play on Saturday mornings...what do kids do today?
     
  3. projectionman

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    looks like a ross g c 3 projector head on its side there i had one of those in my flat
     
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