King Kong film was Saturday morning hit
MY memories of Bristol Hippodrome go back to the late 1920s and early 1930s when I was taken to the Saturday morning film matinees shown during the summer months.
There was a serial film to encourage regular attendance. Of particular memory was seeing the original version of King Kong with Fay Wray as the star.
Later in the 1930s I started attending the twice nightly variety shows. This was when I had a permanent booking in the Grand Circle.
I still have the letter of confirmation dated September 15, 1938 – "We thank you for your favour and shall be pleased to reserve you one Grand Tier at 1/3d namely row H16 for the second performance each Friday commencing with September 23 next etc".
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It was during this period I saw all the well known artists Tommy Handley, Arthur Askey and Richard Murdoch, the many speciality acts et al.
I still have my collection of programmes ready to go on a data base.
One clear memory of the 1940s was when home on leave from the Forces to see Lupino Lane in Me and My Girl.
An outstanding memory of the 1950s was the premiere of Guys and Dolls. Subsequently there are clear memories of seeing Half A Sixpence with Tommy Steele, the annual pantomimes with The Seekers and many others.
The show Thanks for the Memories was outstanding for those of us whose memories cover such a long period.
Congratulations should be extended to Vicki Klein for producing such an enjoyable reminder.
Derek L Warwick