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  1. I’ve never seen any interior photos in the City Library’s collection? As I recall, there was nothing at all luxurious about the Cinema House? It was quite small. The thing I remember most about it was the smell of coffee and food from the small Cafe it had. If you look at the photos above,the screen was at the right hand end of the building,where you entered. The circle was quite small too. The auditorium was very narrow and pretty useless for the later CinemaScope and other Wide-Screen processes. Ironically,it did get to show first,exclusive and lengthy runs of many of these movies. Such as: Gigi,An Affair to Remember,High Society,The Girl Can’t Help It,War & Peace,etc.
  2. It did have an organ,John....but, I don’t think it rose up. It was static, down at the front.
  3. I’m afraid you’ve got your theatres mixed up,Sonia. The original Road-Show presentation of “Oliver!” played at the Odeon (Flat St) from Dec. 22nd,1967 to March 8th, 1968. It was the last of the Odeon’s Road-Shows,before that theatre swapped places with the re-vamped Gaumont. Playing at the ABC at that time was “Camelot” - which opened on Dec.17th,1967 and ran until Jan 27th, 1968.
  4. I didn’t say they were all good. I like the ones up to “Blue Hawaii” plus “Viva Las Vegas” and ‘Follow that Dream”. The others are mostly execrable !
  5. Yes. it was Firth Park. I could have gone to King Ted’s but, my cousins were at Firth Park so, I was talked into going there. Wish I hadn’t! James Darren made quite a few films at that time, The “Gidget” films,etc.“Guns of Navarone” being the best. By the way, he’ll be 80 in June ! John Wayne cottoned on to the fact that Pop Singers/Teenage Heartthrobs could add quite a lot to the box-office takings after Ricky Nelson appeared with him in “Rio Bravo” in 1959. He signed Fabian for “North to Alaska” and Frankie Avalon for “The Alamo” in 1960. James Stewart also had Fabian in three of his films in the 60’s. There was another Pop singer that didn’t do too badly in films either. what was his name?....erm.... I think it was Elvis something or other? Whatever happened to him ?
  6. Quite possibly? ... I believe the Stage Door was in Union Street too ?
  7. I don’t have records for The Rex to hand, but I did check what I do have. After playing it’s exclusive, Road Show season at the Odeon in 1961,“The Guns of Navarone” was back at the Gaumont for a week - 8th to 14th April, 1962. This would have been the start of it’s General Release and it would have reached the locals, two, or three weeks after this. Is that when you saw it? King Ted’s eh?..... I was a Red Cap.
  8. “Song of Norway” IS a surprising entry in the longest running films in Sheffield list, I agree. I never fancied it at the time and never went to see it. I’ve seen bits of it on TV since, but, it’s been a while since it was on. It had been a hit show on Broadway and in London in the 1950’s. Robert Wright & Chett Forrest, who had had an earlier big hit with “Kismet”, adapted from the music of Borodin, decided to chance their arm again, this time using Edvard Grieg’s music. It was a hit, but not as successful as “Kismet”. Ironically, the movie version of “Song Of Norway” was ten times a bigger hit on screen than “Kismet” was!
  9. The News Theatre closed towards the end of 1961. It re-opened as The Classic on January 14th, 1962. It’s first classic film was “The Apartment”, followed by “The Robe”, “Roman Holiday”, “Withering Heights” and “The Wages of Fear”. If you would like to read my post on Sheffield’s 50 longest running films, you can find it here ...... http://www.sheffieldhistory.co.uk/forums/index.php?/topic/6091-films-with-longest-runs-in-sheffield/&do=findComment&comment=66376
  10. When I retired, I made a list of all the movies that played the City Centre cinemas, from 1948 to 1971. I just checked The Palace for you and could find no reference for Josef Locke. It’s highly unlikely that he would have appeared there as it was built as a cinema, and had no theatrical facilities. She may have been thinking of the Empire Theatre, which was across the road in Charles Street? This would be the most likely place for artists like him to appear as it was the Variety theatre. If you would like to read my post on Sheffield’s 50 longest running films, you can find it here.... http://www.sheffieldhistory.co.uk/forums/index.php?/topic/6091-films-with-longest-runs-in-sheffield/&do=findComment&comment=66376
  11. You’re welcome. I remember them well, although, I never got as close to them as you did
  12. Bonkers, yes! ....Share ? ...... I wouldn’t know where to start ! The information is on Excel, not on a website. Maybe producing such a site is another project for me, one day ??? In the meantime, if you want any dates, or info ....just ask, and i’d be happy to post them on here.
  13. You can get a plug-in booster from Maplins
  14. Same here ! 1956 is much clearer than yesterday !
  15. Well!...the mind can play strange tricks ! For years, I was convinced that my Dad took me to see “Prince Valiant” at the Cinema House. It wasn’t until I did my research on play dates (when I retired) that I discovered that that movie had never played the Cinema House either. It had been at the Palace, Union Street ! After spending every Wednesday afternoon for 6 months in the Local History library, and going through the Entertainments pages of The Star, I now have a complete record of play-dates for all the films that ran at the main, Downtown Sheffield cinemas (except the Wicker) between 1948 and 1972. There is no record for “Bonnie Prince Charlie” at the Cinema House ! If you saw it in town, in 1949, it was The Hippodrome !
  16. Walt Disney’s “Treasure Island” - his first, live action film, first played at the Cinema House from Dec 24th 1950 to Jan 13th 1951. It played there again (in a re-issue double bill with “Cinderella".} from 4th - 10th Jan 1959. “Bonnie Prince Charlie” never played at the Cinema House. That was first shown in Sheffield at The Hippodrome from the 22nd - 28th May 1949, and reached the locals in September of that year. The Scottish film that you saw at the Cinema House was probably .... Walt Disney’s “Rob Roy”. That film had it’s first Sheffield run there from 18th April to 1st May, 1954.
  17. This is the Redgates store that I grew up with in the 1950s. The BEST one...the one with the fantastic atmosphere that the new, Sunwin House one never had. It was one of the first new stores to rise from the ashes of the Blitz on The Moor, and was right next door to Woolworths ( which was THE first of the re-built stores). The original Redgates stood,roughly, in the space between what is now the empty McDonalds corner site and Woolworths and was wiped out in the Blitz. You can see it on the right hand side of this painting: This is how it looked after the Luftwaffe had re-modelled it ! : The Woolworths store was the first one to be rebuilt on The Moor and, here you can see it standing proud and all ready for the Coronation, in 1953. : http://www.picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;y01299&pos=1&action=zoom&id=48386 How it looked after Redgates moved to their new premises and Quadrant Stationers took it over.....and, how it looks today : http://www.picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;c04274&pos=1&action=zoom&id=91867 At that time, the Wilson Gumpert toy shop had nothing to do with Redgates and stood on the top side of Fitzalan Square. Marples Corner had been obliterated in the Blitz, but, the rest of that block remained intact, as it still is today. (Apart from the left hand end). It stood in the unit that is occupied in the second photo by Colonnade (with the blue sign). The Tags model shop of today is in the unit next door, which was, back then ( I think ?) a branch of Clarkes the Cleaners. http://www.picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;s00013&pos=1&action=zoom&id=4031
  18. This is most definitely The Ritz, Parsons Cross. The two photos here show it in it’s final days and when it was a Bingo hall...David’s Place
  19. You're welcome, Mike. Glad it was of interest to you.
  20. Athy.......Walt Disney's "The Great Locomotive Chase" ( with Fess Parker & Jeffrey Hunter ) played at the Rex, w/c Jan 21st, 1957. I don't have a record for the Rex to hand, but ....Disney's "Johnny Tremain" ( paired with a re-issue of "Bambi" ) first played at the Gaumont w/c January 6th, 1958. This means that it would have reached the Rex a few weeks later, or, as it was a Disney programme, it may have been held back for the next school holidays that year ( Easter ???).
  21. I saw The Beatles twice at the City Hall .....both houses, 9th Nov, 1964, and once at the ABC Blackpool, Aug 25th, 1963. I kept the ticket stubs for many years and eventually sold the five of them for £50.00 each. This image isn't one of MY tickets, but that's what they looked like, except that mine were for the Stalls, and were white.
  22. I didn't notice the date at the top.....Dohhh! May 12 , 1937 was the date of George VI's Coronation. So, presumably, there was a live SOUND broadcast transmitted to all these venues ?????
  23. Were they all playing in Sheffield, this week....in 1936?