Work is well underway, colours picked out and the new seats are apparently in a container on their way through the Suez canal. Given how it looks, it seems impossible that screen one will be finished around October half term, but hopefully it will.
The Facebook page is proving very popular and gives a nice timeline of the work so far, it’s also a chance for people to interact and give their opinions about what’s going on.
First to come up were the seats. My boy Joe and his mates toiled all night and did a great job, while I slept soundly in my bed. It’s good to be the king.
Notice just how Coca Cola stained the carpet had become, and this was only cleaned about six weeks before we started. The new seats have cup holders which should reduce that problem.
Screen comes down.
Then it was time for Powell & Co to pop in and take the screen and frame down. I would have done it, but would have probably killed myself and everybody else in the room. The speakers have gone into storage to avoid putting a foot through them.
Old stage area now almost gone.
Screen and staging gone, floor coming out.
Cleared and ready to take up the floor.
Looking house right.
Taking the screen and stage out revealed the old colour scheme from when I was a kid and it was all one big (ish) cinema.
Sadly I have no pictures of the single screen auditorium. We will be on the hunt for them next year as we prepare for the 2016 centenary celebrations.
With floor right out, many of the original features were revealed. Remember the screen was on the wall to the right of the picture in the single screen days.
I posted this annotated picture on our Facebook page.
This is a close up of the well where the piano went during the silent days, which has been hidden under the floor for 35 years.
We’e had problems since the advent of turbo nutter six channel digital sound with breakthrough between screen one and two, which is actually the old balcony.
This new, incredibly dense (and expensive!) second wall between the theatres will eliminate most of those problems. I hope.
So the old entrance to screen one is now blocked by the extra wall. As part of the larger plan a new corridor will serve all the screens and the toilets, the new door into screen one off the existing corridor is the start of that process.
The soundproof wall is now finished and the chaps make good the last remaining gap. This is the boxed in area that will house the new curtain and masking tracks.
Now the new, all stepped, groovy floor is finally going in. You can see that the back row will be quite a bit higher than before from the outline of the old one!
Redecorating and new roof tiles on the turret. Also awaiting a replacement for the gnarled and rotten old flag pole.
Sunday 12th October sees the closure of screen three and the work on the new air conditioning begins.
So far so good, and by the first week in November we will have two refurbished screens out of three.
Good job I’ve got a full head of hair, For the moment.