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Thank you so much for posting this link. My Dad, Alex Tuck, was manager of the Clifton Cinema on Walsall Road. He was probably there from the opening in 1938, as he was Manager of 4 cinemas and Supervisor to the whole Clifton Cinema Circuit in the Midlands. We lived opposite the cinema at 595 Walsall Road when I was a baby. During the war we used to go across to the Clifton's cellars to shelter when there was an air raid. I'm sure he would be glad to know that the building is being made good use of.
Well that's wonderful news. I used the Beacon and the Clifton in my younger days in Great Barr; saw many movies and learnt much of the female anatomy in their upper circles (excuse the pun).
I recently dined in a converted cinema in Cheltenham, it's a perfect alternative use for such a splendid building.
Thank you for photo, i was born in Rockey Lane. i dont remember the Pic though,but spent many happy hours playing in Perry Hall Park do you remember the Pond at the back of rocky lane, where we used to catch fish and frogs BB
Nice photos. I used to be in the Clifton Cinema Childrens Club, we had a small green badge with CCCC on it. I used to eagerly await each Saturday morning episode of Flash Gordon, but saw an episode recently on TV and couldn't believe how amatuerish it was.
Lovely photo of you and your Dad Judy. It's so great that through this forum we have posts from people who have connections to so many Brum places that we frequented
over the years. I hope everything works out for the new business at the Clifton Cinema.
Glad to hear the Clifton is being saved, i grew up in Rocky Lane in the fithties and sixties. I spent many hours in the Clifton and i saw Zulu five days on the trot there, still my favourite film. On the night of the pub bombing i left the City Centre to go to the Clifton. A lucky move.
Good to hear that the building will survive and be used. I lived nearby from just after the war until the late 60's. The Clifton was a popular and well used cinema in the 50's and 60's. I have a range of interesting memories of it...every Friday night visiting with my parents (very civilised) and again on Saturday morning for the childrens club (the noise was deafening!!), of being asked to leave during an Elvis Presley film (actually innocent that time) and a few years later the manager kindly allowed a group I belonged to to practise every Sunday morning---the cleaning staff even seemed to enjoy it. Strange what memories a posting can revive. Happy days.
Yes Jean, my knitted outfit was rather smart wasn't it Fashion of the day!! Good article on the old cinema. I think next time I'm in Brum if they have got the Chinese Restaurant up and running I will try it out. Judy
I used to visit the Clifton on Saturdays. Also remember the fishing tackle shop, winfields i think, in the same block. I used to buy a pint of maggots to go fishing on the canal over the bridge in the late fifties.