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Re: Cannon/ABC Cinema, Chatham
« Reply #14 on: October 21, 2011, 23:55:13 »
Screen 3 was the smallest.  It was to the right as you entered.  You went down some stairs to get to it.
Screen 1 was the largest and that had an exit that took you out the back of the cinema.  Its exit was here on Upbury Way:

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Re: Cannon/ABC Cinema, Chatham
« Reply #13 on: October 18, 2011, 20:03:59 »
The stalls were split in to two units and the circle was a single large unit. All units were shorter, leaving a no-mans land area around the original stage.
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Re: Cannon/ABC Cinema, Chatham
« Reply #12 on: October 18, 2011, 18:35:31 »
"Cinemas of the Medway Towns" by John Clancy states that the ABC was converted from a single screen (1647 seats) to a triple screen (528, 366, 172 seats) in 1972. That was before I lived in this area so I never saw it as a single. However, I can recall visiting the ABC from the late 1970s through to just before it closed in 2002, and I have memories only of a "stalls and circle" auditorium.

How was the original single unit converted to a triple? Were the two larger screens still "stall and circle"?



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Re: Cannon/ABC Cinema, Chatham
« Reply #11 on: June 09, 2011, 17:24:08 »
And I dont mean to be picky but it was the Cannon cinema in 89  :)

Doh!! It's even got the Cannon sign on there :)

Sorry about that, when did it become the ABC then?

I've got loads of the original movie posters that were posted outside the cinema. All from the early/mid 80's, some are very rare now, just waiting for the recession to finish so people will pay silly money for them & make me a millionaire :) : i've got a fiver numanfan  :) :) erfman

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Re: Cannon/ABC Cinema, Chatham
« Reply #10 on: December 14, 2010, 15:15:20 »
Sung to the tune 'Blaze Away' if I remember correctly Sheppey Bottles.
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Re: Cannon/ABC Cinema, Chatham
« Reply #9 on: December 13, 2010, 16:03:17 »
I used to love Saturday morning pictures..although mine was the ABC ( Regal) at Woolwich. Yes...we sang the song as well..happy days.. :)

We are the boys and girls all known as..
Minors of the ABC...
And every Sat-ur-day all line up...
To see the films we like and shout about with glee..
We like to laugh and have a sing-song...
Such a happy crowd are wee..eeeee
We're all friends together...
We're Minors of the ABC

patmore

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Re: Cannon/ABC Cinema, Chatham
« Reply #8 on: December 13, 2010, 15:34:29 »
Both Ritz and Regent must have been ABC as I remember Saturday morning pictures at the Ritz where we would sing a song which began "We are the boys and girls we're known as Minors of the ABC".
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Re: Cannon/ABC Cinema, Chatham
« Reply #7 on: December 13, 2010, 15:27:29 »
I always knew this cinema as the Regent and the Ritz was on the other side of the road.   Is that still there?

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Re: Cannon/ABC Cinema, Chatham
« Reply #6 on: December 13, 2010, 15:00:37 »
The original cinema on this site was the Imperial. this was demolished and re-built as the Regent. Although owed by ABC for many years, it was re-named simply as the ABC in 1957. A further re-branding to Canon took place in 1986. I think is nice to see that the new flats built on this site are named Imperial House and Regent House so retaining the two original names.

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Re: Cannon/ABC Cinema, Chatham
« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2010, 04:20:35 »
http://www.historicmedway.co.uk/chatham/cinemas.htm
You might find this interesting,
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Re: Cannon/ABC Cinema, Chatham
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2010, 16:01:30 »
And I dont mean to be picky but it was the Cannon cinema in 89  :)

Doh!! It's even got the Cannon sign on there :)

Sorry about that, when did it become the ABC then?

I've got loads of the original movie posters that were posted outside the cinema. All from the early/mid 80's, some are very rare now, just waiting for the recession to finish so people will pay silly money for them & make me a millionaire :) :)
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sturoberts1975

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« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2010, 11:56:47 »
last time I went there it was for the 100th anniversary of cinema, I watched "From Dusk 'Till Dawn" by Tarantino, it was only 1p to get in and it still was not very full up, I rarely go to the cinema now they are all so far out of the way.
I can remember going to the shop over the road for sweets and then queueing and "drilling" holes in the wall with a coin while I waited, I could well be in the queue in the photo (cannot pick myself out) as Willow, Roger Rabbit and Moonwalker were all flicks I saw there

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Re: Cannon/ABC Cinema, Chatham
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2010, 11:51:06 »
ABC cinema, at the bottom of Upbury Way, in 1989
Shut down in 2002.

I remember queueing for ages outside that place, either along the High Street or up the hill.

And I don`t mean to be picky but it was the Cannon cinema in 89  :)

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Cannon/ABC Cinema, Chatham
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2010, 09:34:05 »
ABC cinema, at the bottom of Upbury Way, in 1989
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