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Saturday  afternoon at Ilkeston Road picture house. Jungle Jim, The Three Stooges, Flash Gordon. Great Days!

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When I got slightly older,the Saturday mornings shifted towards The ice stadium, girls...obviously.

Like others have said on this topic,going out unescorted for the first time was the Gaumont!

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Anybody remember the Boulevar   cinema on Hyson Green? Now there was a "flea pit ". The Leno's was a bit better, but my local was the Apollo on Berridge Rd East, opposite Leslie Rd. I went there to see a film with Bill Haley and the Comets singing Rock Around The Clock. Opened up rock-n-roll to me, loved it ever since. No, I wasn't a Teddy Boy either. The dances on Sat noghts at the Girls club at the bottom of Noel St were my stepping stone to the Locarno. Watching the girls dance, till I could pluck up the courage to ask.

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Yep remember the Boulevard like you say a real flea pit, only went there once. Living in New Basford I started at the Leno's for the tanner rush and progressed to the Futurist for night times

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Futurist was a  bit posh for us Bestwood Lads in the 50s NBL...........by the way the R was missing off the front a few years ago,.....is it back yet ?

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I well remember the Lenos, Boulevard and the Grand when I was a nipper living in Bridlington St. Great days indeed. 

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On 2/7/2013 at 3:14 PM, .... said:

Lovely post, Commo.

Mine was the place below, seen in slightly sad condition here.

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Went to the Metropole in mid-late 50's. Returned empty lemonade bottles to local sweet 'tuffee' shop to raise the tanner entrance fee to see Flash Gordon, Roy Rogers, etc. 'We are the boys and girls well know as, we're minors of the ABC and every Saturday all line up to see the films we like and shout and laugh with glee, etc;. Sung with gusto to the strains of Washington Post......sad, really!!

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Saturday flics! There was a flea house up in Mapperley somewhere where I was living - it might well have been Saturday morning; double bills! cor - who remembers double-bills, the `B' feature and the main. But couldn't tell you anything I saw there. But absolutely remember seeing The Cruel Sea with my mother at the Odeon just up from the Market Square and I think a bunch of us went to see a musical at the same one, but which one? South Pacific maybe!

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Carole, the cinema was the Mapperley Majestic.  I went there a few times as I lived in Woodthorpe but mostly I went to the Metropole in Sherwood.

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It was, as I remember it,  called "The Electric Picture House", on Ilkeston Road. We used to go there in the 1940s on Saturday mornings. If the noise inside was too loud they would turn the film off and put the house lights up and tell us all off. Their (the mangement) favorite saying was "It's still going on". The best behaved kids got a ticket for another show. Afterwards we used to run all the way home playing being cowboys. .

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Flash Gordon & the Claymen...was a bit spooky for a Saturday morning..amazed we sat thru Our Gang, Will Hay, Arthur Lucan etc..

This was the early 70's...The Double 

Deckers was old hat then!

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Sadly none of those films would be allowed these days due to silly PC.

Batman would be a woman & Catwoman would be a bloke. God knows what the Penguin would be. Possibly a "Transgender" of some sort.

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Very true..actresses are now actors, a spade is strictly a garden tool,

Gay does not mean happy,sick is brilliant apparently.

God knows how Pussy Galore would fit in today.

Captain Pugwash was near the knuckle it seems.

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Seeing Flash Gorden mentioned above reminded me of an event when I lived in Nottm. A schoolteacher friend hired a film for the newly formed school cinema club. I was invited to the inaugural meeting of the club.

To ensure there would be a reasonably large attendance, the films were selected to be of mass schoolkid appeal.

I don't remember the first film but the second was meant to be Flash Gorden. I don't know whether it was the fault of the film hire company or of my teacher friend but the film that was sent was, in fact, Flesh Gorden - the XXX-rated version of the original.

 

This was in the '70's - a time of much less liberal views than now and the showing of such filth caused much consternation amongst the school governors but great appreciation amongst the pupils.

 

My teacher friend managed to keep his job and became an icon amongst the pupils at the school.

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Loved me mornings in the Gaumont..

'Spending Money' in the trousers...tank up Burton Street so as not to miss the next episode of Ghost of Monks island.

Curly and Larry were daft as was Abbott & Costello..but had nowt to judge it by as we didn't have a telly then.

Dryden St.kids were rough and gobbed down your neck off the balcony..so as 'Must to Avoid' was being played i followed suit and grabbed a front row job. Even the Pearl & Dean ads got me hooked- sucking on me Everlasting Strip or munching Spanish Gold..secretly wishing i could afford a hotdog.

The Compere with a creased suit and lathered like a butter basted turkey picked out victims to do 'Simple Simon

Says' or mime to 'Kaiser Bills Batman'.

Tanked up on junk and kia-ora i'd run out to Browns on West End Arcade and spend what i had left, poke me finger in the cages at the Pet Shop, squint at the shop window telly in DER and home for radio rugby or

Fluff Freeman.."not 'arf!"

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I also went to the Gaumont on a Saturday morning too Ian. Always sat upstairs on the balcony, could have been me gobbing on your lot in the stalls !

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I recall kids  coming out of the Cinemas at noon..when i was working in Nottm..so it must have continued. It was the pictures or Stewpots Junior Choice..i tired of 'Grocer Jack' and Ronnie Hilton songs.

I did prefer going off with Bob from Dennis & Roberts.

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The Palace at Bulwell ( now Wetherspoons) was where we got in for next to nothing. As a gang of 5 ten year olds+ we clubbed together to raise the 5d to go in then one would pay and go in and once inside go to he gents, push the emergency door open in the gents loo and let the other 4 of us in.

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On 2/7/2013 at 1:10 PM, Commo said:

Who was an ABC Minor? Reading through other threads about St Anns and Nottingham cinemas set me thinking about our eagerly awaited weekend entertainment.

Saturday morning pictures was an institution for us and kids of our generation and along with a gang from our street we paid our 6d at the Empress and displayed our pin badges with pride. The Cavo (Cavendish) also had a loyal following but I think their entrance fee was less than the Empress, so we had a better class of hooligan in our club!

After queing for the doors to open and learning various aspects of street survival, we were ushered in by the maroon suited and gold braided commisionnaire who was the bouncer and keeper of order (as best as he could). We were the led in the singing of our club song, something about us spending our tanners and knowing our manners, being Minors of the ABC! The mood of the audience could not be considered as quiet perception of the screen offerings, and many times the film was stopped and the commisionnaire stepping up to the stage to threaten us with cessation of proceedings if we didn't quiten down.

The programme consisted of weekly serials such as Flash Gordon with Buster Crabbe in the lead role, an American "cliff hanger", Roy Rogers and a batch of cartoons.

Which saturday morning pictures did you go to?

 

For us it was the Metropole, Mansfield Road, Sherwood. 1d e/w on the bus from Arnold, a tanner to go in and 3d for tuffies!

You were handed a picture card as you went in with the aim to collect the set.

We also had various tin badges pinned on our lapels...can't remember how we were awarded them

Another highlight was going up on the stage when it was your birthday and shouting down the microphone "Thank you, Minors"!

Oh yes, singing the club song..."We are the boys and girls well known as, Minors of the ABC....etc, etc"!

I seem to remember, on occasions, we also went to a kids showing at Arnold Bonnington on Saturday afternoons 

Happy Days, eh?

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