“There is nothing, that can match the compulsive magic of that big screen in a darkened auditorium. We may have become more sophisticated in the way moving pictures are made today but the essential cinema-going experience has not changed”
Cinema has the same capacity to seduce, influence and to overwhelm as it did 120 years ago.
You could race with Ben-Hur’s chariot, join Dorothy on the Yellow Brick Road, enjoy a Brief Encounter with Celia and Trevor, fly a Spitfire and Reach for the Sky. ride the range with John Wayne, Carry On Up the Khyber with Kenneth Williams and the gang, fight Star Wars, run from T Rex in Jurassic Park and attend Four Weddings and a Funeral!
An estimate in 1936 on audience attendance at Doncaster cinemas in a normal week was round about 50,000. Within the town boundaries there were seven sites accommodating over 10,000 patrons, used exclusively for showing films.
The Patron and Ambassador for Doncaster Cinema Heritage.
The ‘Trent’ historical cinema frieze (created in 1934) is now framed and displayed in Doncaster’s Civic and Cultural Quarter.
Doncaster Free Press wrote:
Ron Curry MBE who tracked the artwork down to a farmer’s field after becoming concerned that it been lost, is pleased to see it given a prominent home. Ron, who set up the Doncaster cinema heritage group, called Let’s go to the Pictures, and wrote a book using the same title, said he was proud that his group was named on the plaque about the frieze, due to its efforts to save the work and bring it back. Actor Brian Blessed is a patron of the group.
Bring Cinema history to as wide an audience as possible.
The Cinema Heritage of Doncaster. ‘Let’s go to the Pictures’ is an independent not for profit group, involved in all cinema heritage, the Lead Campaigner in the saving of the 1934 art sculpture of the Gaumont Palace Trent Frieze, is not affiliated or associated with any Doncaster Council Lottery funded Organisation, Doncaster Heritage Association or Doncaster Civic Trust.
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