When the Reaper called Sovereign attacked the Citadel in 2183, Rear Admiral Boris Mikhailovich led the 63rd Scout Flotilla against it. The 63rd suffered the fewest losses of any Alliance flotilla during the Battle of the Citadel , while providing crucial support for the Fifth Fleet's carriers and dreadnoughts. The Alliance promoted Mikhailovich from Rear Admiral to Admiral after the battle, and tasked him with rebuilding and upgrading his ships. His combat experience with the Reapers has been invaluable in devising strategies against them.
Certain types of specialised cinemas were also established. The 'art house' evolved from The Film Society and gave a new lease of life to an old cinema, renamed the Academy, in London's Oxford Street. Other old cinemas followed suit and a few ultra-modern art houses were purpose-built, including the Cosmo in Glasgow. The newsreel cinema was an American phenomenon imported to Britain in 1931: these tiny halls provided an hour-long show in busy city centres, particularly at main railways stations, to amuse delayed passengers and weary shoppers. Newsreel cinemas were often conversions of early, struggling picture houses, sometimes completely rebuilt; but many were specially constructed. Additionally, there were picture houses specialising in the revival of old films, notably those of the Classic circuit, which built its own flagship cinema in London's Baker Street.