Tag Archives: Matinees

An Angel at My Table

Source: Janet Frame, An Angel At My Table: The Complete Autobiography (London: Virago, 2010 – orig. pub. as three separate vols; vol. 2, An Angel at My Table, first pub. 1984), pp. 68-70 Text: When I was not going to … Continue reading

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What’s It All About?

Source: Michael Caine, What’s It All About? (London: Century, 1992), pp. 10-11 Text: When I was a teenager used to read a lot of biographies of actors to see if I had anything common with them, because by now I … Continue reading

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Speedsters Replace Cowboys

Source: Thomas Baird, ‘Speedsters Replace Cowboys’, World Film and Television Progress, vol. 2 no. 12 (March 1938), p. 20 Text: A little over twenty years ago, I started to go to the pictures. I was then a small boy living … Continue reading

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Moslem Women Enter a New World

Source: Ruth Frances Woodsmall, Moslem Women Enter a New World (New York: Round Table Press, 1936), pp. 82-84 Text: The most widespread change in the general recreational life for women is shown by the increase of attendance at cinemas. Only … Continue reading

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Ricky

Source: Ricky Tomlinson, Ricky (London: Time Warner Books, 2003), pp. 23-24 Text: My other escape was the cinema where it cost only a couple coppers to go to a Saturday matinee at the Everton Picture Palace. As well as the … Continue reading

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Children of the Green

Source: Doris M. Bailey, Children of the Green: A true story of childhood in Bethnal Green 1922-1937 (London: Stepney Books, 1981), pp. 75-77 Text: Besides taking me to Woolworths, she [her aunt Rose] sometimes took me to the pictures, and … Continue reading

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An Entertaining Life

Source: Harry Secombe, An Entertaining Life (London: Robson Books, 2001), pp. 37-38 Text: Another influence on me was the local cinema, which went through various transformations in my boyhood. At first it was called the Pictorium, or the ‘Pic’, and … Continue reading

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British Cinemas and their Audiences

Source: J.P. Mayer, British Cinemas and their Audiences: Sociological Studies (London: Dennis Dobson, 1948), pp. 60 -61 Text: AGE: 37 SEX: F. OCCUPATION: Housewife NATIONALITY: British Films have been my hobby for years, I’m now 37. The first film I … Continue reading

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The Pictures

Source: D.J. Enright, ‘The Pictures’, in The Terrible Shears: Scenes from a Twenties Childhood (London: Chatto & Windus, 1973), p. 52 Text: Threepence on Saturday afternoons, A bench along the side of the hall – We looked like Egyptian paintings, … Continue reading

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Autobiographical Note

Source: Vernon Scannell, ‘Autobiographical Note’, Collected Poems 1950-1993 (London: Faber & Faber, 2010) Text: Beeston, the place near Nottingham; We lived there for three years or so, Each Saturday at two o’clock We queued up for the matinee, All the … Continue reading

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