Going To The Pictures

The aim of the Going to the Pictures Project has been to help preserve a part of our local cinema heritage by collecting and recording memories from people who used and worked in the local picture houses from the 1930's to the 1960's.

Memories are made of this… Project overview

The aim of the Going to the Pictures Project has been to help preserve a part of our local cinema heritage by collecting and recording memories from people who used and worked in the local picture houses from the 1930′s to the 1960′s.

Explore  this map of 21 local cinemas within a 3 mile radius of the Plaza, from 1930 to 1960.

Cinema Heritage Interactive Map

Explore this map of 21 local cinemas within a 3 mile radius of the Plaza, from 1930 to 1960.

Children's Cinema shows and matinees hoped to develop young cinema goers into life long film and cinema fans

Children’s Cinema shows and Matinees

Children’s Cinema shows and matinees hoped to develop young cinema goers into life long film and cinema fans

Films came to the cinema on large reels which would be projected onto the screen, the reels would sometimes break and get mixed up

Reels would sometimes break down or get mixed up

Films came to the cinema on large reels which would be projected onto the screen, the reels would sometimes break and get mixed up

The cinema during the war years played an important role in keeping up morale and finding out news and information. It also was a place to escape for a few hours and get lost in the land of film.

The role of cinema during the wars

The cinema during the war years played an important role in keeping up morale and finding out news and information. It also was a place to escape for a few hours and get lost in the land of film.

Roles for women in front and behind the camera

Careers for women in the film industry

Roles for women in front and behind the camera

The role of women portrayed on the screen often fell within the stereotypical roles amplified and made up by Hollywood

Female roles

The role of women portrayed on the screen often fell within the stereotypical roles amplified and made up by Hollywood

"I remember the club song which went like this: “To the Ode – Odeon we have come..."

Odeon Saturday Club song

“I remember the club song which went like this: “To the Ode – Odeon we have come…”

This is a scanned copy of a flyer that was handed out in cinemas to advertising forthcoming films.

Flyer for ‘Nine Hours to Rama,’ 1962

This is a scanned copy of a flyer that was handed out in cinemas to advertising forthcoming films.

The Stella Cinema a 1920's gem which accommodated seating for 1200 patrons

The Stella Cinema Seaforth Road Seaforth

The Stella Cinema a 1920′s gem which accommodated seating for 1200 patrons