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The Star cinema

Alberta

Super Moderator
Staff member
We certainly had a few cinemas to choose from in Erdington and most of them showed 2 different films a week ,switching over midweek if I remember correctly.
 

gerry taylor

knowlegable brummie
Interesting. I recall the STAR Cinema, as when I was fifteen I went to a dancing school on Gravelly Hill, and used to go to the Star after dance lessons. I remember The Palace in High Street too. Ah such happy days.
 

mikebrown007

proper brummie kid
I remember the Star Cinema iused to go in 3d seats and when in the seat when it goy dark we would go under the seats and go in the 4d seats and sit with the girls.That would be 1950-55 they were great times
 

Bill Parker

master brummie
According to the book Iam using for referance the Star opened in 1914 and was owned by Aston Villa player William Devey, it doesnt say when. Its frontagw was heavily modified in the mid 50s with what looks like a new canopy and large square shaped pillars surrounding a lrager centre secion with vertical columns that are in a darker colour.
In 1957 it was turned into a film studio for making TV adverts then prior to demolition in 1982 it had also been used as a factory and offices, hope this is of interest.
 

odeonmillfield

Brummie babby
;)I used to go to school between 1953 and 1957 in Slade Road, next to the Star. What a luxury, out at 4.30 and start a queue at the 'STAR' Happy memories, Any school friends remember me, Roy Gregory. Before demolition the film studio belonged to Birmingham Commercial Films. They held a few open evenings there too. Very interesting
 

Delyawindsor21

knowlegable brummie
Thank you for sharing that with us, so interesting, my Mum worked there in the fifties and as we only lived just up the road, in St Thomas, I often went to meet her on summer evenings to walk home with her. I was born in 1947 , safe on the streets in those days.
 

Delyawindsor21

knowlegable brummie
Sorry Roy, I don,t think I remember you but I started at Slade Road in 1952' I swam in all the galas at wood coat St, (think that's how you spelt it)? Long long time ago......
 

Delyawindsor21

knowlegable brummie
I vividly remember The Swan Pub, going past to home for lunch, with the old ladies sat on the wall with their turbans on drinking half a pint of ale, (in a ladies glass of course) I recall hearing them call each others :ducks or duckie or dear)
Happy days...
 

mossg

master brummie
You can just about see the Star picture house on this picture of Slade Rd taken in 1952.
 

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Delyawindsor21

knowlegable brummie
God, I must getting old, I can even remember the trams !!!! thanks for that, your so lucky to have all these lovely photos.... and I CAN see the STAR.....
 

Phil

Gone, but not forgotten.
The Star Cinema, Slade Rd. Both the old and the new (I would think)
 

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Delyawindsor21

knowlegable brummie
thanks Phil,
no sure I remember the old one, I was born in 1947, maybe the brains cells are fading, thanks for the pics, your all so amazing the way you keep all these lovely pics....
 

Phil

Gone, but not forgotten.
Was the newer version of the Star just the old one with a new frontage and foyer?
 

Delyawindsor21

knowlegable brummie
Phil can you help ? How do I get my old photos onto my computer, do I have to have a printer that scans to the web ?
Advice would be welcome please. Dee
 

Phil

Gone, but not forgotten.
Hi there delywindsor21,


If you have a scanner that would be best, but also if you have a digital camera you can take a photo of the photo and upload that to your computer. Lastly you could get a mate to scan your photos for you and put them on disc or memory stick and upload that.
 
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