Three pages cut out of the February 2000 edition of 'Devon Today' covering the article titled "Can we save our historic cinema?" where "English Heritage has called for the preservation of 30 historic cinemas, including Exeter's Gaumont Palace and the Regent in Lyme Regis. Andrew Mosley looks at the chaining face of the county's cinemas". Contains photos of the ABC Cinema in London Square Exeter in the 1970s and its closing in 1987. The Tivoli at Tiverton and Mike Jackson who runs it, The Regent, Lyme Regis, and Alexander Orme who runs it. Article discusses how English Heritage is recommending that Exeter's' Gaumont Palace (now a Mecca Bingo Hall) and The Regent in Lyme Regis to be given Grade II listed building status. Discusses the history of the Gaumont and its large dome in the auditorium and Art Deco interior that impressed English Heritage. A spokesman for Mecca asserts the interior has been untouched. Exeter Civic Society chairman Hazel Harvey expresses her approval of the campaign for listed status. Continues to give background on The Regent and its opening on October 11th 1937, and its architect William Watkins. Others on the recently announced preservation list include the Grand in Bournemouth, the Dominion in West London and the Empress Electric Theatre in Manchester. Paignton's Torbay Cinema and it's Grade II status is discussed, along with manager John Mann's approval. Words from the Tivoli's Mike Jackson on the redecoration that stays true to the original building design. The closure and demolition of The Thorn-EMI LTD-owned ABC cinema (formally the Savoy) in Exeter. Chairman of English Heritage Sir Jocelyn Stevens urges the public to nominate their favourite historic cinemas as part of a nationwide consultation project. Articles ends on a quote from Alec Orme of the Regent stating his commitment to keeping the cinema open amidst any adversity. Original glossy print.
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Part of the Gordon Chapman Collection