The national art charity program Art Start worked with year 6 pupils from Latymer All Saints Primary School to create a mural of the theatre facade on a side wall of what is now MP Andy Love's office and campaign headquarters.
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3. Name two businesses that are at this location now.
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1. 219 Fore Street, Edmonton, London England
2. June 28, 1913
3. Hilal Supermarket, British Red Cross, Green Cross Pharmacy, Ebony People's Association, Poppin' Chicken, Head Office, Perlus, Tony Love's Campaign Headquarters
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Used search words of Alcazar theatre Battle of Waterloo to get there. Different search engines produce different website and image results.
***** In reading other Alcazar results, I found out that the original Alcazar, like the Theatre, had a facade with 19 arches. This puzzled me about our picture, until I realized that the bottom floor of arches has 10, but the balcony above must go around two sides of the building-- making only 9 arches possible on the 2nd floor.
Love, love LOVE that fabulous street light just left of the Theatre!
***** As The Alcazar was destroyed during WW2, it reminded me of a recent interview with British comic, John Oliver, who said, basically, that his response when people remarked at the beauty/history of Parisian architecture is to wonder how much more amazing London's would be if so much of it hadn't been destroyed by the war.
***** Yes, i went the San Francisco route first. trying to get the date they showed the movie brought this up. so i may still be way off. but fun!
***** It was interesting to read the story of this place. Wonder what the inside looked like? The website I found only had a picture of the outside. cinematreasures.org/theaters/29413
***** Did you notice that there is another Fore St. just inside the walls of the City of London and near the Moorgate station? It pops up on maps if you Google just the address. It might misdirect some people on the third question about present businesses on the site of the Alcazar.
***** Last week's puzzle was a little tricky ... the first "Google" I did gave me an entirely different building - similar but not right! It took a while to find the right clue to settle on, but once I did, I solved the puzzle! Thanks for keeping my mind sharp!!
Elaine C. Hebert
***** Yes, I saw Tony Love’s campaign headquarters on Street View. That mural is wonderful! Nice use of money for public art and good that the local schoolchildren were involved in building it. His blog was one of the first useful sites I found during my search. After some flailing about, I looked up films named “The Battle of Waterloo” and found, when I added the term “Alcazar”, a wealth of information about your photo. Sweet!
***** Didn't think to use google earth for the other occupants. Used phone book.
***** I almost gave up on this. All of my searches kept bringing me to the Alcazar Theater in San Francisco. But then the light bulb over my head finally went on. I knew the film was a British film. When I finally added 'England' to the search, there was the answer.
I noticed Andy’s place, too. My first thought was that the connection between you and the picture was the name Andy. Isn’t that your partner’s name? But then I saw what the office was for and decided that wasn’t it.
Besides adding England to the search criteria, I also changed search engines. I’m a Google fan, but this time it was Yahoo that came through.
Located on the west side of Fore Street, almost opposite Fairfield Road, just a few yards north of Angel Road (today its the North Circular A406 road-Sterling Way). The Alcazar Cinematograph Theatre opened on 28th June 1913 with "The Battle of Waterloo". It was part of an entertainment complex which included an enclosed Winter Gardens, which had a palm court and provision for dancing, and an outdoor Summer Gardens as well as a roller skating rink and a tea room.
Demand for seats at the opening was so great, that the 1,700 seat Alcazar Cinematograph Theatre was filled to capacity and seating had to be placed in the Winter Gardens to take the overflow. It became a regular occurance to screen popular films in both spaces, and in summer months, the Summer Gardens were also used as a cinema.
The building was designed like a Moorish palace, with a covered verandah stretching 140 feet along the facade at first floor level. The auditorium ran parallel to Fore Street, with the main entrance at the northern end, and an entrance at the southern end for the cheap seats beside the screen. Inside the auditorium seating was provided in stalls and circle levels. There was a a particularly attractive decorative ceiling.
The Alcazar Picture Theatre was re-built in 1933 and was the last cinema in the area to be fitted with sound equipment. The proscenium was 32 feet wide and the stage was only 8 feet deep. There were three dressing rooms. It suffered badly when the new 2,940 seat Regal Cinema opened in March 1934 just a few yards away on Angel Corner.
The Alcazar Picture Theatre was closed when it was hit by German bombs in the early hours of the morning of 23rd August 1940, which destroyed the dance hall and one wall of the cinema, causing the roof of the auditorium to cave in. Further damage was done by a V1 flying rocket which landed nearby in October 1944.
The remains were demolished and the site stood derelict until the 1960’s, when the local council built a small parade of shops with flats above, and houses at the rear on the site of the Summer Garden. In 2009, a British Red Cross Charity Shop is located where the entrance to the Alcazar Picture Theatre once was.
The image on the left is my... office, which now sports a mosaic of the Alcazar down one side. This pictorial reproduction of our historic local landmark was made possible thanks to £38,000 of Heritage Lottery Fund money and the fantastic community arts charity Art Start (of which I am a patron, alongside Emma Bunton, I'll have you know!).
And this isn't the only new mosaic across Enfield or even Edmonton (you might half
remember my post about the Marie Lloyd, music hall queen, mosaic). In total there are eight pieces of art forming part of Art Start's "Lost Treasures" project and all depicting iconic lost buildings, including theatres, cinemas, picture houses and music halls, on or near the original sites.
It's not too late for you to get involved in the project. If you have memories of the buildings depicted then Art Start would like to hear about them. And it would be great if you could tell me about your Edmonton memories too. You're more than welcome to come past my office and take a look at the lovely Alcazar for yourself (unfortunately I don't do anything half as exciting as screen films on the inside!).
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The Battle of waterloo was filmed in 1913 at Irthlingborough and was one of the biggest films of its day. It was made by an American named Charles Weston and he chose the location because the real Duke of Wellington, on visiting the area commented that the countryside
resembled the battlefield at Waterloo.
The film was made for, what was then, a huge sum of £5000. The main characters were played by major actors but the cavalry were soldiers from Weedon Barracks and the foot soldiers were all local shoe factory workers. So great was the interest in Irthlingborough, that the shoe factories all had to close while the workers were earning 7/6p a day as extras.
Weston made a total of seven films in and around Irthlingborough but the 1914 war seems to have prevented the town from becoming the centre of the film industry for this country.
It was thought that all of the films had been lost forever but Irthlingborough Historical Society managed to trace all that remains of the ‘Battle of Waterloo’ at the British Film Industry Archive in London and we now have a copy that has been shown on several occasions to the delight of packed audiences. The following ‘stills’ are from the publicity for the film and some may recognise Napoleons Headquarters as the buildings behind the former Civic Hall, just off High Street.
The 9th June 2013 will be the 100th anniversary of the start of filming and to celebrate that event, we are publishing an exact replica of a top quality brochure of photographic stills that was given to the VIPs attending the premiere at the London Palladium.
This collector’s item is being produced using the methods of 1913 and boxed as a limited edition of 100. These can be bought using the application form which is available at the library, Toni’s Newsagents, Born and Bread and the Salvation Army Shop.
On the 9th June 2013, it is planned to have a live display about the battle on the green by the cross with soldiers from the 44th Regiment Group and the Waterloo Drummers. The brochures will be available for collection on the day.
Irthlingborough has had a few encounters with the film industry, with parts of the TV series ‘Hunters Walk’ and much of ‘Love for Lydia’ (The HE Bates story of the same name) being filmed here.
In honour of the connection with the local cinema which was affectionately known as ‘Watts’ cinema’ and which closed in the 1960’s we have agreement to erect two plaques on the site of the former cinema in January 2009 and a notice board, commemorating all of our contacts with the industry in the local library.