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  • First film you remember seeing and where.

    I thought I would start this thread to discuss memorable films and old cinemas.
    There are a few films I remember seeing around 1971 when I was about 5 years old. Of those the one which really impressed me was "Where Eagles dare". I've watched it many times over and still love it. Its good old wartime adventure from start to end. The cinema I went to see it at was called the "Godiva" in Canley in Coventry. I now live in tile hill just down the road and pass the "Godiva" every day which is now a Casino. I must go in the old place sometime to see how its changed. I'd love to hear from others who have fond cinema going memories.
    Please share the nostalgia.

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    Cant remember first film but I know I went to see the sound of music,chitty chitty bang bang,on the buses to be honest the old picture houses were better,apart from queing outside.I went to the pictures far more in the days before Odeon Vue became big with multy screens in one place.

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      First film I went to see was The Addams Family back in 1991 at an Odeon cinema in Liverpool. For some reason I remember being a bit nervous which sounds a bit daft and the sweet smell of popcorn throughout the place. I don't remember it being a particularly clean place but I guess it had its charm. I ended up loving the whole experience and was eager for my mum and dad to take me again as soon as possible. The place isn't there anymore, I keep meaning to get myself back there to see what now stands there but it is away from the city centre and a little awkward to get to.

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        I was taken to see Star Wars when I was seven years old. Life would never be the same again.

        The first film I went to without an adult was ghostbusters. It was the only film bring shown that week at that cinema. I remember buying a full colour programme and other souvenirs in the foyer. Kind of like the theatre. Even the popcorn came in a ghostbusters themed bag. I still have the programme.

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        • #5
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          First was probably one of the Disney films but not sure, the first memorable one would be Planet of the Apes.

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            First movie I saw at the cinema was E.T. at Monkseaton pictures (no longer exists). First film I went to see without an adult was 'An American Tale' at Whitley Bay Play House. The Play House still exists but has been revamped a few times over the years and I don't think it shows films any more. It's reverted to a place that actually shows plays and has live music etc.
            1976 Vintage

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            • #7
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              First one I saw was Bedknobs and Broomsticks in 1976 or 1977 at the Classic Cinema in Durham followed by Star Wars in 1977 with my friend and his mother.
              The only thing to look forward to is the past

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                I like the look of the Classic/Robins Cinema.

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                  Originally posted by victorbrunswick View Post
                  I like the look of the Classic/Robins Cinema.

                  It's not been a cinema for a long time, it closed in the 90s and has been a pub and failed music venue as well as standing empty since then. Fine building though.
                  The only thing to look forward to is the past

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                  • #10
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                    I think the first film i watched was Jason and the argonauts. I cant remember how young i was but i guess i must have been about 10?
                    the cinema was called the belgrade electric cinema. it is no longer there as a cinema.

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                      Its sad that so many old cinemas are now gone. Nice to hear there are a few survivors though. A lot were built in the 30's and 40's, the golden age of cinema and are decorated in Hollywood art deco style. If only for that reason they should be kept. It would be lovely to turn a few back into cinemas, showing older films on the big screen once more. I don't care how big the TV is and how impressive the sound you can't really replicate the atmosphere of the big screen. Even the fleapits had an attraction of their own. There used to be one in Coventry called Theatre One. It was going into the 90's. The place was a real mess in the end though and wasn't cleaned much. I remember going there about 1995 just before it closed as a cinema. I don't remember the film but I do remember my shoes sticking every time I put them down. No doubt a semi toxic combination of spilled Coke, hot dog fat and Popcorn. At least I hope that's all it was! They used to screen soft porn flics one afternoon a week! errrggh.

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                      • #12
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                        if its at the cinema we're talking about, the earliest i can remember is just little snippets of Disney's Sword In The Stone, when i was about 3 or 4 (around 1984), the first films i fully remember seeing were Return to Oz and The Black Cauldron, both in 1985.

                        my mum and dad used to take me and my sister to loads of films, when our small town still had the 'Palace Cinema' up until 1990, when it closed down and got demolished

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                        • #13
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                          first film im pretty sure was the neverending story.
                          it was in a cinema around 50 miles from where i live in a town called downpatrick.

                          i was ten when i saw it with my uncle so that would be 85.
                          lovely old cinema it was.
                          FOR THE HONOUR OF GRAYSKULL

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                            i carnt remember my first film but i so recall going see rocky 3 at pics and remember how full it was and every one was shouting rocky rocky rocky lol
                            THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE TRUST NO ONE

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                              chitty chitty bang bang at the cinema with my dad in 1968

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