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Report - Avion cinema/Gala Bingo, Aldridge, February 2012



TranKmasT

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This was visited back in April 2010 by bladders and dopeythecat:D. It was mint back then. It's since been bereft of it's shiny conductor stuff, with saggy lagging and porridgy ceiling tiles left in it's wake. We did uncover some interesting if random bits and bobs in places. Not a bad explore.

Visited with Donebythehands.


A mid-sized suburban cinema in an area of the West Midlands, near Walsall, the Avion Super Cinema looked remarkably like an original ‘Odeon’ but was never owned by that circuit.

Finished in cream glazed faience enlivened with green bands and a black base, there is a huge window lighting the circle foyer with entrance doors underneath the central canopy.

The auditorium is a dull brick box behind the facade. Neon lighting was much in evidence at night.

There was also a small stage and several dressing rooms. Seating was divided between the stalls and single balcony. The auditorium was decorated in shades of rose-dubarry and silver with the Art Deco style plasterwork picked out in green.

Several different colors of seating was used to create diametrical patterns when viewed from the stage.

The cinema opened on 26 September 1938 with a personal appearance by George Formby followed by his latest film “I See Iceâ€￾. It then settled into an uneventful routine mainly showing films but with around six full weeks of variety shows on the stage.

No major changes were made to the design of the building and it eventually closed on December 30, 1967.

It became a bingo hall almost immediately after and continued for over 40 years.

In 2001, the faience tiles were in poor condition and were removed with the walls underneath being rendered and painted – this has considerably smartened up the facade and indicates that the Avion was scheduled to be around for some years to come. Unfortunately, due to increased Government taxes on bingo, the Gala Bingo Club was closed on 1st August 2009, and the building was put up for sale.
http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/1239







Exterior.jpg



Wideshot.jpg



wideseating.jpg



podium.jpg



ladiesstairs.jpg



Gents.jpg



bar.jpg



Bingo-doors.jpg


bingocards2.jpg



tickets.jpg



accounts.jpg



Found some pretty random bits and pieces.
CallBulldogDrummond.jpg



EverReadybox.jpg



ReadyforLife.jpg


Minor Celebrity Keyrings.
Keyrings.jpg



Embassyextramild.jpg



Can anyone name the celebrities presenting the cheques?
crossroadsactor.jpg



Chase me! :gay
duncannorvel.jpg



3Dspecs.jpg



Dimmerroom.jpg



editingroom.jpg



projectionroom.jpg



Filmcans.jpg



radiator.jpg



projectorvents.jpg



switcheslevers.jpg



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