And now you can watch most of these films - over and over again - on Freeview 81 and the playback sites for free.
I recall standing in line all the way out to the road with my sister to watch Cliff Richard in summer holiday never got in there was about 12 of us that never got in, my pop had a friend who worked at the Austin's who had to take his wife there every Thursday to play bingo, as I got a little older before it became a bingo hall we would sneak in through a window in the girls loo
Just to make it up to you , I can sing you the theme tune To Summer Holiday , if you never got to see the filmI recall standing in line all the way out to the road with my sister to watch Cliff Richard in summer holiday never got in there was about 12 of us that never got in, my pop had a friend who worked at the Austin's who had to take his wife there every Thursday to play bingo, as I got a little older before it became a bingo hall we would sneak in through a window in the girls loo
Saturday afternoons as a kid we were off to The Ledsam , we were'nt bothered by ice cream or kia-ora , reason being we had cold sausage sandwiches they were hot to start off with but the walk to The Ledsam cooled them down . On the way home smack your rump to make your horse go faster, or sword fighting , or arms outstretched if it was a war film we were pilotsWhen I was a youngster In 1955 I was living in Leamington Rd, Sparkbrook. I had a wonderful choice of cinemas in the area, Olympia, Carlton, Imperial, Piccadilly, Waldorf, Moseley Picture House & the Alhambra were all within walking distance. So, looking through the cinema listings on the inside page of the Birmingham Mail to find a cinema that was showing two 'U' pictures, off I'd go. Sometimes, if there wasn't any 'U' pictures I'd go anyway and ask an adult to take me in to see an 'A' film. I can hardly believe I did that now but, perhaps it really was a more innocent time. At the cinema you usually queued at the door and around the side, and even as far as the rear of the building. Sometimes when people bought their ticket, they didn't go in because the film they came to see was still showing from the previous programme and they didn't want to see the ending before they had seen the rest of it. After the supporting film was shown came the Pearl & Dean adverts & Pathe News, sometimes even a short cartoon. Then, during the intermission, people would hurry down to one of the ice-cream ladies for a tub, choc ice or a Kia-Ora drink. I made do with my 3d Palm toffee bar. Then came the main feature. For me it was probably a Burt Lancaster pirate film, a Martin/Lewis comedy or a Richard Todd war film. Anyone else remember the experience being spoilt trying to blow/waft away the smoke from the bloke smoking a cigarette sitting in front of you? Then at the end of the days programme trying to get out before the National Anthem started? Funnily though, when you heard that drum roll and you had only got as far as the aisle, some invisible force compelled you to stop and stand until it had finished.