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radiolistener577 posts since 8 Aug 2010
Ha, what a surprise, the Islington and Notting Hill sets that run Channel 4, don't want to leave London.

"We can't possibly move to the provinces, Percival, where would Arabella go to school, she might end up in a private school with Northerners, we can't have that, can one?"
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Markymark5,896 posts since 13 Dec 2004
Meridian (North) South Today
The British Olympic Association are one of the tenants in the building now. After Channel 4 left it was bought by the Daily Mail and was home to Channel One. When that closed it was offices for a couple of their websites

It's been totally gutted and refitted since the channel 4 days.



If you remember the studio was built in the original cinema seating area which was sloping of course and so the proposed studio floor had to be levelled up first.

I always assumed it was a new building when C4 started, or did they plan a cinema and then change their minds?


A long time ago, but from memory it was the Scala cinema before C4 bought it. It was definitely a conversion by C4 - not new build.


It was. Somewhere I've got an article about the facility from a 1982 copy of International Broadcast Engineer
bluecortina714 posts since 26 Jul 2012
The British Olympic Association are one of the tenants in the building now. After Channel 4 left it was bought by the Daily Mail and was home to Channel One. When that closed it was offices for a couple of their websites

It's been totally gutted and refitted since the channel 4 days.


I always assumed it was a new building when C4 started, or did they plan a cinema and then change their minds?


A long time ago, but from memory it was the Scala cinema before C4 bought it. It was definitely a conversion by C4 - not new build.


It was. Somewhere I've got an article about the facility from a 1982 copy of International Broadcast Engineer


I was given a tour round by Ellis Griffiths no less, before they went on air about 3 months later. At my board he asked me the sequence that a quad vtr goes through after you press the 'Play' button. After about 5 minutes I could see his eyes glazing over, he never said how much detail he wanted!

Luckily for me it was another job I didn't get!
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Inspector Sands12,741 posts since 25 Aug 2004
The building in Charlotte Street is about 6 floors of offices and has block of flats attached to the back. How was the building a converted cinema?

Certainly the brickwork always looked very 80s
Mike W4,794 posts since 30 Apr 2006
The British Olympic Association are one of the tenants in the building now. After Channel 4 left it was bought by the Daily Mail and was home to Channel One. When that closed it was offices for a couple of their websites

It's been totally gutted and refitted since the channel 4 days.



If you remember the studio was built in the original cinema seating area which was sloping of course and so the proposed studio floor had to be levelled up first.

I always assumed it was a new building when C4 started, or did they plan a cinema and then change their minds?


A long time ago, but from memory it was the Scala cinema before C4 bought it. It was definitely a conversion by C4 - not new build.

http://camdocs.camden.gov.uk/HPRMWebDrawer/Record/3638485/file/document?inline

No idea if that'll load but it's a 70s era plan showing 'entrance to cinema' and a cinema hall...
Oh it's such a perfect day, I'm glad I spent it with you...
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Inspector Sands12,741 posts since 25 Aug 2004

A long time ago, but from memory it was the Scala cinema before C4 bought it. It was definitely a conversion by C4 - not new build.

Makes sense, the road to one side is called Scala Road and the building is called 'Scala House',
It was the site of the old Scala Theatre which had a fire and was demolished in 1969
http://www.arthurlloyd.co.uk/Scala.htm
http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/29395

Looks like the cinema that occupied the ground floor before C4 took over showed some films that wouldn't have been out of place on early Channel 4: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2011/jul/31/scala-cinema-london
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bluecortina714 posts since 26 Jul 2012

A long time ago, but from memory it was the Scala cinema before C4 bought it. It was definitely a conversion by C4 - not new build.

Makes sense, the road to one side is called Scala Road and the building is called 'Scala House',
It was the site of the old Scala Theatre which had a fire and was demolished in 1969
http://www.arthurlloyd.co.uk/Scala.htm
http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/29395

Looks like the cinema that occupied the ground floor before C4 took over showed some films that wouldn't have been out of place on early Channel 4: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2011/jul/31/scala-cinema-london


I clearly remember the sloping audience seating area having to be levelled up during my tour, I’m not sure if they used concrete or some sort of wooden construction. If I recall correctly, they used Marconi MKIX studio cameras (and Marconi’s version of the Ampex VPR machines). Cox T series presentation mixer etc. It wasn’t a big site from a technical perspective, I recall the mainly open plan office areas on at least one of the floors above as that’s where my interview took place albeit in a closed office room.
radiolistener577 posts since 8 Aug 2010
A company I used to work for moved into Charlotte Street not long after C4 left. An old colleague told me wherever he looked there were still Channel 4 logos. He was in nerd heaven.
Markymark5,896 posts since 13 Dec 2004
Meridian (North) South Today

A long time ago, but from memory it was the Scala cinema before C4 bought it. It was definitely a conversion by C4 - not new build.

Makes sense, the road to one side is called Scala Road and the building is called 'Scala House',
It was the site of the old Scala Theatre which had a fire and was demolished in 1969
http://www.arthurlloyd.co.uk/Scala.htm
http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/29395

Looks like the cinema that occupied the ground floor before C4 took over showed some films that wouldn't have been out of place on early Channel 4: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2011/jul/31/scala-cinema-london


I clearly remember the sloping audience seating area having to be levelled up during my tour, I’m not sure if they used concrete or some sort of wooden construction. If I recall correctly, they used Marconi MKIX studio cameras (and Marconi’s version of the Ampex VPR machines). Cox T series presentation mixer etc. It wasn’t a big site from a technical perspective, I recall the mainly open plan office areas on at least one of the floors above as that’s where my interview took place albeit in a closed office room.


No it was all Sony C Format VTRs, BVH-1100 ( with bolt ons to enable automation control)
bluecortina714 posts since 26 Jul 2012
Makes sense, the road to one side is called Scala Road and the building is called 'Scala House',
It was the site of the old Scala Theatre which had a fire and was demolished in 1969
http://www.arthurlloyd.co.uk/Scala.htm
http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/29395

Looks like the cinema that occupied the ground floor before C4 took over showed some films that wouldn't have been out of place on early Channel 4: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2011/jul/31/scala-cinema-london


I clearly remember the sloping audience seating area having to be levelled up during my tour, I’m not sure if they used concrete or some sort of wooden construction. If I recall correctly, they used Marconi MKIX studio cameras (and Marconi’s version of the Ampex VPR machines). Cox T series presentation mixer etc. It wasn’t a big site from a technical perspective, I recall the mainly open plan office areas on at least one of the floors above as that’s where my interview took place albeit in a closed office room.


No it was all Sony C Format VTRs, BVH-1100 ( with bolt ons to enable automation control)


Thanks for the correction there (Apropos nothing, I always thought those machines were very ugly to look at!)

It must have been TV-am that had the Marconi machines which were to some extent automatically controlled too as they were used as part of some automatic break compilation software evening/overnight system. It wasn't altogether very successful at least in the early days, and the overtime bill was very high I understand for the engineers in VT. I recall the cameras were Marconi MkIX's and CDL vision mixers.

Thank goodness another job I didn't get! - although it looked a darn sight more interesting than C4.