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Coliseum, Spital Hill

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I was a regular at the Coliseum, Spital Hill when I was a kid spending a lot of time at my grandmother's house in Danville Street, and I saw many Roy Rogers films and many of the old black-and-white films that featured stars like James Mason and Margaret Lockwood. I especially recall seeing Laurance Olivier in 'Henry V' at the Coli.

Off hand, I don't know the story, but there is something in the records about a unique theatre organ that was installed at the Coli.

When I have looked in some of the old newspapers, and especially at the list of cinemas, I have often noticed that on a certain day in July every year the cinema was closed for a staff outing to the seaside. I wonder if there is anyone still around who went on one of those trips and knows anything about them?

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The organ was installed in 1921 by the Huddersfield firm of Peter Conacher and the pipes were placed either side of the screen. A very early stereo setup?

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The organ was installed in 1921 by the Huddersfield firm of Peter Conacher and the pipes were placed either side of the screen. A very early stereo setup?

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I was a regular at the Coliseum, Spital Hill when I was a kid spending a lot of time at my grandmother's house in Danville Street, and I saw many Roy Rogers films and many of the old black-and-white films that featured stars like James Mason and Margaret Lockwood. I especially recall seeing Laurance Olivier in 'Henry V' at the Coli.

Off hand, I don't know the story, but there is something in the records about a unique theatre organ that was installed at the Coli.

When I have looked in some of the old newspapers, and especially at the list of cinemas, I have often noticed that on a certain day in July every year the cinema was closed for a staff outing to the seaside. I wonder if there is anyone still around who went on one of those trips and knows anything about them?

I used to go there every week. I remember as a kid if it was an 'A' movie you had to be with an adult so we used to stand on the steps asking people to take us in.
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