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Report - The Commodore, Hammersmith, London, January 1982

Discussion in 'Theatres and Cinemas' started by Bovine, Jan 9, 2011.

  1. Bovine

    Bovine 28DL Regular User
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    Designed by George Coles, in a neo-classical style, this 2884 seater opened on 14 September 1929. Designed for cine-variety, it had a 50 foot wide proscenium and a 28 foot deep stage, with dressing rooms. Taken over by ABC on the 24 July 1933, it closed as a cinema on 8 June 1963, but then became a Mecca Bingo Club until 1981. Two Rolling Stones concerts were held here on Sunday, 10 January 1965.
    Returning from watching blocks of flats being blown up in Leytonstone, I thought that it might be 'doable', being a Sunday, but the demo men were round the back! Managed to get these pics, before another guy and myself were told to f*ck off!
    The site is now an office block called Quantas House, but incorporates the foundation stone, that was laid by Tallulah Bankhead in 1929.


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    Front view

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    The demo mans ball hitting the proscenium

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    Down comes more masonry

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    When the dust had cleared

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    Crane in position for more destruction!
     

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  2. Mini nut

    Mini nut My local and favourite, gone.
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    Those "Tower" bastards were responsible for demolishing my local, and favourite, ODEON. This one looks a gem.
     
  3. dweeb

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    I wish I had seen a "ball" in action... it was all nibblers since I've been born!
     
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