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Paperboy
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151 of 159  Wed 28th Sep 2016 6:04pm  
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I went to many great shows at The Coventry Theatre and even worked on some - Whitesnake, Genesis, UFO, to name a few. I was trying to remember when I saw Tom Petty play there and wondered whether anyone know of an archive of all the bands who played at this great venue?

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pageb45
Goderich, Ontario, Canada
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152 of 159  Wed 28th Sep 2016 6:25pm  
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Remember seeing "Gone with the Wind" at the Hippodrome. Four hours long and an intermission (perhaps two). Fine old building, indicative of its day.
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TonyS
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153 of 159  Thu 29th Sep 2016 9:05am  
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I also remember watching this at the theatre, I believe it was shown in 70mm. If I recall correctly they couldn't mount the projector far enough from the screen so it was projected upwards onto a mirror which inverted and turned the image 90deg onto the screen. Can anyone else verify this memory?
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154 of 159  Thu 29th Sep 2016 11:27am  
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On 26th Jul 2014 9:45pm, David H said: I remember seeing the new 70mm release of "Gone With The Wind" in 1969 with my girlfriend at the Coventry Theatre. It was a really big deal at the time, and a "must see" (otherwise as teenagers, we wouldn't have gone!) I had never seen it before, or any film with that wide a screen, and was impressed. Much earlier than that I had been to pantomimes arranged through my father's work (including Lythalls Lane Engineering), and seen such stars as Mark Wynter, Carole Mowlam, and Bill Pertwee. I loved the red plastic opera glasses mounted between the seats, but to me the real attraction was the band in the orchestra pit, shadowy figures with dim lights on the music stands, belting out great tunes, and in particular the drummer driving the beat and providing the swooshing cymbal sounds, adding to the magic on stage, for example when the villain appeared to the delighted boos of the audience! Later still I saw Cliff a couple of times, and particularly remember "Devil Woman" with the red and green spotlights! The Coventry Theatre was always a special venue to me. What a pity it fell by the wayside.
This was posted just over two years ago Thumbs up
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ianknight
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155 of 159  Mon 3rd Oct 2016 5:11pm  
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On 29th Sep 2016 9:05am, TonyS said: I also remember watching this at the theatre, I believe it was shown in 70mm. If I recall correctly they couldn't mount the projector far enough from the screen so it was projected upwards onto a mirror which inverted and turned the image 90deg onto the screen.
The projector did use a periscope but mostly because the projection room and follow spot booth was up at the back of "the gods" and so they couldn't correct the image if it had been projected from there. The periscope got the image down to a level where it was aligned with the centre of the screen - this was related to me by Keith Wood who used to work there at various times in the 60's & 70's. I don't believe it was a 70mm projection system either - The Standard (opposite Barclays Bank - became a casino) up on Tile Hill Lane certainly was but the Coventry Theatre may have been a Cinemascope system which gave the "feel" of 70mm. As ever - happy to be corrected if someone knows better Smile
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Natalie
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156 of 159  Thu 23rd Mar 2017 9:55pm  
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I am looking for some help on a clock that my father had that was from Coventry Theatre that hung from the ceiling at the side of the stage and it lit up. I believe there was another one but I would like to know more about it if anyone can help

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157 of 159  Tue 4th Apr 2017 5:48pm  
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Nostalgia - when the final curtain came down
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Little Nut
France
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158 of 159  Wed 12th Apr 2017 5:24pm  
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I believe that the Coventry Theatre should take some of the responsibility for the celebration of my 45th wedding anniversary last month! I met my husband when we played for the Coventry School of Music Brass Band. Len Pepper, the conductor visited local schools teaching brass instruments, and had been teaching my hubby to be how to play the tuba. Len also played trumpet in the pit orchestra at the theatre. When those responsible for determining competition rules decided that percussion could be included, Len asked Tony Parkinson - the drummer in the pit orchestra if he had anyone who would like to be considered for the role. Tony taught percussion at the School of Music and I was one of his pupils - and the rest as they say is history! Another claim to fame is that after my dad took early retirement from Courtaulds he found a job working for an accountant making the tea, sorting the post etc. Coventry Theatre were one of the clients, and part of his job was to collect the ticket stubs from the box-office. Occasionally he would be offered free tickets for the show, and if no one was interested he would bring them home. The usual problem was that although the seats had consecutive numbers there was often an aisle between them!!! Oh my
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RLCherrington
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159 of 159  Wed 26th Apr 2017 9:24pm  
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Thanks for that Little Nut! I also had Mr Pepper as my teacher when I was at Tile Hill Wood school in 60s. The instrument offered me was the trombone and I was desperate to play any instrument so took it home. Mum was not too pleased! She said, 'you haven't brought home a violin have you?' I said no mum, a trombone. She thought that was ok till I tried to make some notes with it! But she let me practice at home and encouraged me. Neighbours put up with my scale practice, bless em.. Mr Pepper would come into the school once a week and give me and a few others, who had trumpets, lessons. We were meant to become part of the School of Music band once capable but I had a Sat job and that was hard for me to give up. My lovely music teacher at School, Miss True, bought a trombone on my behalf so I could learn and play on that. I paid her back in monthly instalments over two years from my Sat job. She was a star to do that for me. I played in the School band which Ioved but parted company then with Mr Pepper and School of Music. He did a great job and his enthusiasm and talent were impressive to me. I still have the trombone got for me, it must be over 45 years old now and was made in China. Lol
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