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Birmingham Cinemas

Lady Penelope

master brummie
Morturn, the Pavilion is another example of how the boundary hops about. It's shown as 'Birmingham's Suburbia' but is actually in Sutton. I'm not sure whether the boundary actually changed or people just thought it was in Birmingham, According to today's areas it's nowhere near Wylde Green but Wylde Green has always been in Sutton. Bewildered?
 

Phil

Retired Layabout
Lady P

According to Victor J Price in his book Birmingham Cinemas 1900-1960 The Wylde Green Pavilion on the corner of Gravelly Lane and Chester Road was in Birmingham. Well I suppose it was when his book was first printed in 1986.

Though if we look at the attached section of OS map for the 1930's it looks to me if the Birmingham boundary line is actually behind the cinema represented on the map by a dotted line. Also The Kelly's directory of the date it opened does not show that part of Chester Road as part of Birmingham.

wylde green.jpg
 

Jeannie

master brummie
Spent most of my Saturday mornings at the Beaufort as a child , cheering on the goodies and hissing at the baddies with a few sweets,then again in my early teenage years, mostly in the back row ,thanks for the photo it bought back many memories
 

Bob Davis

Bob Davis
Morturn, the Pavilion is another example of how the boundary hops about. It's shown as 'Birmingham's Suburbia' but is actually in Sutton. I'm not sure whether the boundary actually changed or people just thought it was in Birmingham, According to today's areas it's nowhere near Wylde Green but Wylde Green has always been in Sutton. Bewildered?
Lady P
Your thoughts, why was Wylde Green so large in general usage, when I were nobbut a lad, anywhere from Maney (at the Hose & Jockey) to the Yenton and back down towards Penns Hall, Boldmere Road to Church Road and yes Gravelly Lane to beyond Enstone Road and Bonsall Road to the pub on the right hand side going down were often stated as Wylde Green. This was usually by mothers of children who went to School in Sutton Coldfield. Was it just a snob thing, I had a friend who lived on the left hand side of Chester Road (coming from the Yenton) just up from the bridge whose Mother always used the Wylde Green nomenclature as part of her address. Do you have any maps showing th boundary? I always believed the Pavillion to be in Sutton Coldfield.

Bob

PS Read Lady P missed Phils map - DUH!!
 

Morturn

Super Moderator
I am sure there was a boundary marker in the vicinety of Chester Road Station. I think it may have been either in Knipersley Road maybe Bretby Grove
 

Pedrocut

Master Barmy
I am sure there was a boundary marker in the vicinety of Chester Road Station. I think it may have been either in Knipersley Road maybe Bretby Grove
In the 1958 Birmingham Post a lorry crashed into the rail bridge on Chester Rd, by the Station and states, “The Bridge runs over the Chester Road, just inside the SC Boundary.”
 

Lady Penelope

master brummie
Morturn, Yes, you're right, there is a market halfway down Knipersley Road and there is also another inside Florence Road after the boundary has crossed the road.

Bob, I've been researching this area and it's a real mish-mash. On some documents Sheffield Road is in Erdington together with Anstey College. The boundary now appears to run along Bonsall Road!
 

Morturn

Super Moderator
Hi Pen, thanks I have found ot on Bing Maps. I think another boundary was on Florence Road too, right on the bend. The tarmac used to change there as did the lamp posts to the Sutton style with the mirrors and bulb
 

Attachments

Williamstreeter

master brummie
Hercules Films
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1959 Hercules

1960 Hercules Against Rome

1960 Hercules Unchained

1961 Hercules in the Haunted World

1963 Hercules Against the Sons of Sam

1963 Hercules and the Captive Women

1964 Hercules Against the Moon Men

1965 Hercules Samson and Ulysses
Just seen this Alf , You forgot to mention Hercules conquers Atlantis , Reg Parks lead character
 

Tony Darbyshire

proper brummie kid
As a child my local cinema was the Castle in Castle Bromwich. Many a happy time spent there. Saturday mornings was the ABC childrens’ cinema; Flash Gordon, The Invisible Man (scary!), The Three Stooges, Laurel & Hardy and a host of cartoons galore.

Other picture houses I regularly went to were the Capitol in Ward End, just over the bridge; the Rock at Alum Rock; the Beaufort; the Plaza; the Odeon, New St. to name a few. The Waldorf in Sparkhill was very memorable too because it was on the inner circle bus route, the No. 8.

Films I remember seeing in these cinemas: Calamity Jane (Doris Day), Sink the Bismarck (Kenneth More), The Bulldog Breed (Norman Wisdom), Butterfield 8 (Elizabeth Taylor), Dr. No (Sean Connery), To Hell and Back (Audie Murphy biopic), Day of the Triffids (Howard Keel), South Pacific (too many stars to name!), The Sound of Music (Julie Andrews), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Howard Keel again).

I can name others but need to get my thinking cap on!
 
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Tony Darbyshire

proper brummie kid
I suppose most people growing up in the 50s and 60s were cinema addicts
I went to them all in Aston and district, as I got older and went to work we used to go to town and the Bristol Cinema on Sunday afternoons.

Cinemas I recall
Astoria,
Aston Cross
Globe
Orient
Victoria Playhouse
Newtown Palace - never went there, it was considered a flea pit.
Odeon - Perry Barr
Birchfield
Plaza -Stockland Green
Clifton - Great Barr

We used to go two or three times a week. Some cinemas had the same programme all week, others Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, then changed for the rest of the week, but with a different film on Sundays, I think this was something to do with the archaic licensing laws in Brum.

I used to go to the Orient nearly every Sunday, I think they opened late afternoon because I used to come out of Sunday School at Christ Church,
Six Ways, take off my ankle socks, put on lipstick, and join the queue which ran down the side of the cinema into Rifle Crescent, there were usually three of four of us, and the queue was mainly made up of youngsters early teenagers upwards, we had a great time laughing and joking while we waited and it wasn't much better when we got inside, the films were very old like Jeannette McDonald & Nelson Eddy, Ida Lupino,
Jack Carson and Dennis Morgan, some of the stars I remember. In the interval we used to walk all round to see our friends, and try to catch the eye of any lads we were interested in. I bet the staff were glad to see the back of us.
As a child my local cinema was the Castle in Castle Bromwich. Many a happy time spent there. Saturday mornings was the ABC childrens’ cinema; Flash Gordon, The Invisible Man (scary!) and a host of cartoons galore.

Other picture houses I regularly went to were the Capitol in Stechford, just over the bridge; the Rock at Alum Rock; the Beaufort; the Plaza; the Odeon, New St. to name a few. The Waldorf in Sparkhill was very memorable too because it was on the inner circle bus route, the No. 8.

Films I remember seeing in these cinemas: Calamity Jane (Doris Day), Sink the Bismarck (Kenneth More), The Bulldog Breed (Norman Wisdom), Butterfield 8 (Elizabeth Taylor), Dr. No (Sean Connery), To Hell and Back (Audie Murphy biopic), Day of the Triffids (Howard Keel), South Pacific (too many stars to name!), The Sound of Music (Julie Andrews), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Howard Keel again).

I can name others but need to get my thinking cap on!
 
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