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  1. You are right. Here is the original shop at the front of the Norfolk Market Hall, and the new shop in the Castle Market.
  2. My Mum says they used to call this The Ranch House, because they showed SO many Westerns.
  3. S24

    Do you know where this is?

    The new Cockaynes department store ( scaffolding on the right) opened in 1955 so, I would think that this was taken during the Winter of 1954/55.
  4. Back then, the programmes on a Sunday were different to the rest of the week...even at the City Centre cinemas. The locals usually had older and sometimes battered prints too. The main reason for this was the change over of prints from one cinema/town to another. The reels would be collected from one cinema and delivered to the next venue,usually between Saturday and Sunday. This meant that a separate programme had to be shown on the Sunday;one that didn’t need to be somewhere else by the following day..
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    Sheffield Cinemas

    These are the sort of pages to look for in the Library “Star” archives. These examples are from 1957 but they go back to the 30’s. Have fun!
  6. I can’t think of any Sheffield Cinemas that did that? For one thing, if the cinema was not making money just showing films, I don’t think they could have found the cost of conversion and soundproofing needed to operate both. Certainly, none of the City Centre Cinemas did that. The only reason that the Odeon closed was that Rank decided to enlarge the Gaumont by raising the roof and converting the building into two cinemas....Gaumont: 1 & 2 They were still large cinemas. Screen one even had a huge, Cinerama screen (Albeit ,not a 3 projector set up.). it opened in July,1969 with “Ice Station Zebra” in Screen:1 and “Funny Girl” in Screen : 2. It became too expensive to operate three large cinemas here so, they suddenly converted the Odeon to Bingo,which still operates today, long after the Gaumont’s demise. That theatre has since had a false ceiling built to separate what was the Circle from the Stalls. Most of the suburban cinemas changed to Bingo in the 1960’s....firstly on a part-time basis and later, full time. They were simply not big enough to separate into dual purpose buildings! A few that changed to Bingo,that come to mind are: Roscoe,West Bar - Roxy, Page Hall - Star, Ecclesall Road - Lyric, Darnall - Adelphi, Atterclifffe - Manor, Manor Top - Sunbeam, Firvale - Essoldo, Lane Top and many others.
  7. That is correct. The building was halted when war broke out. It was a very different building to the one that appeared later. It had one of those huge tower “fins”, typical of Odeons of the time. I’m glad they changed the plans as they did. The Odeon was a beautiful cinema...... the first post-war one to be built, with state-of-the-art projection and sound. My Dad took me on its first Saturday, to see “Reach for the Sky”.
  8. The Odeon. Opened July 19th, 1956 with “Reach For the Sky” and closed as a cinema 5th June,1971 with a double bill of “Carry on Up the Khyber/Jungle”. It opened as Mecca Bingo,the following day.
  9. Go to the Central Library .... Local History Dept. and ask to see copies of the Star (or Telegraph) for the date you want. They have them all on microfiche , so it’s easy to scroll through them. When you find the photo, make a note of the date and the page number it’s on, then, go along to the Star offices and ask if it is still possible to get a copy of the photo. If they can’t, you can always get a photocopy of the page from the library. Good luck with this.
  10. That would be wonderful and most useful. Thank-You very much.
  11. Thanks for that, RL That list is a bit perfunctory in that, the dates given are when those films opened in London. For example: BEN-HUR was not released in all UK cinemas in December,1959. It had its exclusive London Premiere then,at the Empire,Leicester Square. It didn’t get to Sheffield until September,1961, where it played at the new ABC. It was that cinema’s first 70mm Road Show. Thanks for your help anyway. I’ll keep trying.
  12. I don’t think it’s a queue,as such?..... looks like a closing down sale at Bortners and people have just stopped to look in the window? The cigarette signs belong to the cafe,next door. Those shops are gone now, in the Orchard Square re-developement. The Museum pub is now the end of the row.
  13. I remember the Cavendish very well. It was VERY sophisticated and posh,for the time. Opening in May, 1967, it was aimed at an older set, although when we joined,I was still only 19. It was quite big,with a bar, a restaurant, a small cabaret floor, a quieter room and the main cabaret room. Membership was 1 Guinea a year (£1.05) and then there was a cover charge of around 7/6 (37 1/2p) to get into the Cabaret Room. Many BIG names of the day appeared there,including: Kathy Kirby (who opened it), Max Bygraves, Dusty Springfield, Sandy Shaw, Val Doonican, Bob Monkhouse,Diana Dors, Dave Allen, Dickie Valentine, Scott Walker,etc. There were some other big names too,that I can’t recall,without mixing them up with the Fiesta’s rosta. We used to go often, mostly on week-ends. Suits, Jackets and Ties were the rule, or, you didn’t get in. United & Wednesday players were quite often there too. Its business suffered quite quickly after the Fiesta opened in 1970 and it changed its name to Baileys. Great memories of happy times there. Here is the opening announcement ad from The Star........
  14. The photo has to be before 1934 because the City Library isn’t there. The Lyceum is, and the Theatre Royal opposite but, an older building is still on the Library site. The Library was opened in 1934 by the Duchess of York ( later Queen Elizabeth (and the Queen Mother).)
  15. When I retired, as a personal project,I spent many afternoons in the Local History Library going through back copies of The Star and the Morning Telegraph, trying to compile a record of what films were shown at the main City Centre cinemas between 1948 and 1972. I managed to do this very successfully. However, when I came to the year 1959, I found that there had been a National Print Strike between June 28th and August 1st that year. This meant that the Sheffield newspapers were not published between those dates. What I would like to know is, does anyone have any record, either in Diaries, or from personal recollection, of what films were showing between these date at the following Sheffield cinemas: THE ODEON THE GAUMONT THE CINEMA HOUSE THE HIPPODROME THE PALACE, UNION STREET also: THE LYRIC, DARNALL THE ADELPHI, ATTERCLIFFE I would be most grateful if anyone can help me fill in the missing pieces, Thanks.