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Anyone remember the Apollo cinema which was just over the road from the Norton pub? I went to see Rock Around The Clock there which starred Bill Hayley, plus other films that I can't remember. It was demolished to make way for the block of shops.
Lovely photograph of the Apollo. I left B'ham in '67, but then and now refer to that area of shops as "the Apollo". By the way, the bus will be a 66 or possibly a 66J. I used to catch it home twice a day, dinner time and home time, after school. Oh the joy of running along as it left the stop and leaping onto the platform -"Just made it!" gasping for breath and giving the conductor the fare, "penny child's please"
Re the Apollo, I recall reading an article, probably in the 1970's, in a Sunday magazine about the Apollo. Apparantly the projectionist managed to save a few items from the Cinema before it was demolished. A few seats, curtains, bill boards, posters, that sort of thing. He re-erected them in his garden shed and made it in to a mini picture house. At weekends he would put on a film show for his friends. He lived in Erdington somewhere. I wonder what happened to him and his Picture Shed?
big gee, schweppes works was just over the canel bridge on the right hand side, by the drome cafe on kingsbury road, right opposite the cincinattie. that was back in 1976, when i worked at the cincinattie. i think that dupont then took over the scheppes works, hope this helps, sidwho