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    Not sure if you want to see these or not but will put them up regardless


    Photos never turned out as well as I hoped :( But on a plus point my first proper explore in 8 months or so.

    History lifted from http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/1239

    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 Ice". 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.
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    I'd love to visit an old cinema like that, that place looks good, and nothing wrong with your photos.

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    Top photos and place, looks good :)
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    Nothing wrong with the pics man!
    Great location, im craving a cinema since the local one has been turned into flats :(

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    Great photos & report.

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    Looking good,nicely done.

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    Aaagh, I hate it when Gala turn these places in bingo halls!!!

    Nothing wrong with the piccies either fella :)
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    Thanks alot guys. I dunno just never turned out how I wanted them to.

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    very nice theres nothing wrong with thoe pics mate they look great i like pic 5 with the gameboy box brilliant
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