Photo album complied by Gordon Chapman. PHOTOS OF: Appledore: The former Gaiety Cinema Appledore in 1997, including views of the projection and pay boxes. Ashburton: Site of former Picture House from 1950s, now converted to housing, captured in 1998. Various buildings that were used as part time cinemas in the 1950s captured between 1998-2000 including The Town Hall auditorium, The Golden Lion Hotel, and The London Inn. Axminster: The façade of the Guildhall / Plaza, programme for the Plaza from August 1958. The Regent Cinema Picture Palace, now a furniture store, both captured in 1998. Barnstable: Regal in c.1938, showing the “Baroness and The Butler”, and in c.1955, showing “Gordon Macrae In Oklahoma”, and in 1996, after it had closed in 1980. Also includes opening programme for the cinema from 1937, showing “The Vulture” (1937) and “Fire Over England” (1937), also advertising forthcoming showings of “The Garden of Allah” (1936), “Gold Diggers of 1937” (1936), “Michael Strogoff” (The Soldier and The Lady) (1937), “Dark Journey” (1937), “Glamorous Night” (1937), “Elephant Boy” (1937), and “The Show Goes On” (1937). Interior of the Gaumont Palace auditorium in 1931, the Gaumont staff in September 1943, the Gaumont staff in 1945, Denis Knight showing the “Lynmouth Disaster” (1952) at the Gaumont on the 15 & 16 August 1952. The fairground attraction cinema “Living Pictures” in Barnstable fair 1907. Mutoscopes in the Barnstable museum, showing “The Flight” and “Peeping Tom” both American dated 1911, captured in 1998. Bideford: The façades of the Ex Palladium & Bijou Cinemas captured 1997 and 2001. The Strand cinema, captured in 1979, showing “Moonraker” (1979). Palace Cinema, no date given. Launch of Gordon Chapman’s book ‘Devon at the Cinema' at the Bill Douglas Centre Exeter, 5th December 2000: Includes appearances of Simon Butler (publisher), Denis Knight, Brian Le Messurier, Roger Brien, Dr Duncan Petrie (BDC), Sharon O’Inn (book designer), Tim Blyth, John Slater, Tim Noyce, Mike Passmore, Peter Jewell (friend of Bill Douglas gave the collection to Exeter Uni), Marjorie Rowe (formerly County Archivist), Katharine Chant (head of museum services), Prof. Helen Taylor (head of department University of Exeter) and Hester, Mau, Fiona, Bill, Dad, Kim. ‘Devon at the Cinema’ in Exeter shop window, 2001. Braunton: The façade, rear and interior of former Plaza Cinema, captured in 1997. Car advertising “Genevieve” outside the Plaza c.1954. Programmes of the Plaza from August 1958. Leather case of cinema owner Frank Farrar. Mr John Long, the last owner of the Plaza in approx 1950 and 1962. Brixham: Façade and rear of the former Electric Theatre captured in 1998. The Electric Cinema in c.1950 and a letter of thanks from Gordon to the provider of the photo. Brixham Town Hall, part time cinema in use by 1906 (showing at about this time Méliès - “Trip to the Moon”), captured in 1998. Former Railway Cinema, captured in 1998 Buckfastleigh: Exterior of the Picture House c.1935, and the same site, now a car park in 1998. Poster of Casablanca showing at the Picture House “Almost certainly not original”. Interior showing 1940s balcony, floor plan from 1955, projection room the week it closed in Aug 1966. Town Hall used as a part time cinema c.1917 (as was later the King’s Arms), captured 1998. Budleigh Salterton: Town Hall Cinema, part time, captured 1996. Chagford: The façade and rear of former The Rex cinema, captured 1998. Chulmleigh: Façade, rear and side view of the former part time Town Hall Cinema, captured 1996. Crediton: The seating plan of the Palace Cinema. Interiors captured in 1996. Façade of the Town Hall Cinema in the late 1930s, and in February 1977. Painting of the cinema in 1933 by Len Boddy. Cullompton: Regal Cinema, no date given, and in 1999, now a Carpet Centre. Dartmouth: The Royalty Cinema awaiting demolition c.1982. Site of former Maxime / Royalty in 1996. Façade of the former Palladium Cinema, now a shopping arcade, captured 1998. Dawlish: Former Scala Cinema, no date given. Exeter: Cinemas shown on Map c.1930s. Newspaper clipping reporting on the £4.2m Vue Exeter multiplex opening next week, from the 14th December 2006. Barnfield Theatre, part time cinema, captured Feb 2001. Various photos of the Empire Electric Palace c.1910. Approximate site of City Palace / Lounge cinema in 1942. Newspaper clipping of article on Exeter Cinema’s unusual design by Gordon Chapman, promoting his book ‘Devon at the Cinema’ from March 13 2006. Site of and interior of former Franklin cinema, now fabric centre, captured 1996. Conversion of Franklin site into public house, 1997/8. Gaumont Palace exterior and interior drawing in 1932. Interior auditorium photo from 1931. Current façade, now a bingo hall, captured 1996. Kings Hall Empire, captured 1995. Various shots of the Odeon Exeter c.1938, and in 1990, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001. Programme from August 1937. Original concept drawing of the building by Robert Bullivant, c.1937. Jean Colin – Mikado, visiting Exeter Odeon 1939. Male uniformed staff & café and staff c.1950s. Demolition site of the ABC cinema Exeter in 1987/8.

Item number 65409
Category Photo Album
Type Cinema Buildings
Language English
Country of origin UK
Related people Gordon Chapman (Compiler, historian)

Part of the Gordon Chapman Collection