Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cinematic Surprise; Man Finds Perfectly Preserved 1930s Film Posters underneath a House Carpet Remember When A BLAST FROM THE PAST

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cinematic Surprise; Man Finds Perfectly Preserved 1930s Film Posters underneath a House Carpet Remember When A BLAST FROM THE PAST

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Byline: RAY MARSHALL

IT'S a big year on Tyneside for the onceagain- booming film industry.

As we celebrate the centenary of the opening of the first cinema in Newcastle, we also look forward to the reopening of the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle, restored to its former glory.

Last week I told the story of William Horsley - the man from West Stanley who paved the way for Hollywood to become the film capital of the world.

Add that led to the revelations that the late Charlton Heston had strong family connections with Tyneside (It was "Chuck" himself who said that his grandfather, John Carter, was a miner from the Newcastle area), and you can see why there is a new wave of cinema nostalgia sweeping over the area.

Another discovery arrived on my desk this week from John Wragby, from Annitsford.

While clearing out an old house, he discovered a set of old cinema posters being used a underlay beneath a carpet.

John believes the posters, for the Palladium Cinema, in the Groat Market, are from 1934. In fact, the cinema was on the site of the present Evening Chronicle building.

They advertise films such as Handy Andy starring Will Rogers and Peggy Wood and It's a Gift, starring WC Fields and Baby Le Roy, in a film which promises: "California or bust - and what they don't bust, they practically wreck - just as they will wreck you with laughter and rock you with glee on a 3,000-smiles joy ride". (You will find a link to scenes from this film on our website, www.chroniclelive.co.uk/ rememberwhen). Also advertised is Kazan, the big screen's super-dog, in His Ferocious Pal.

The films ran continuously from 2pm until 10pm and prices were: circle and side circle 9d (4p approx), balcony 6d, stalls 7d and pit 5d. There were special matinee prices until 4pm of 3d, 4d and 6d (including tax).

"They're all in excellent condition," said John.

Remember When's quest to get your film memories to celebrate the 100 years of Tyneside cinema is already reaping rewards. …

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