Cinema organ interludes as messages from afar 1945-6

To follow up briefly on my earlier post about the Calling Blighty films, they weren’t the only way in which people seperated by the war communicated via the cinema. Cinema organists also offered a vital connection between  troops serving overseas and their families sitting in the stalls of the Ritzy or the Essoldo back home. … Continue reading Cinema organ interludes as messages from afar 1945-6

Silent Bystanders in the Archive (2): ‘Calling Blighty’ from around the Empire

‘Skype’, ‘Teams’, ‘Zoom’, ‘Facetime’, ‘Houseparty’. Over the past few weeks we’ve all been introduced to a whole new lexicon of communication. Even if you were a busy and up-to-date executive who regularly dialled into ‘Teams’ meetings from your regional office, the chances are that chatting to Auntie Vi or Grandad, or even your own dear … Continue reading Silent Bystanders in the Archive (2): ‘Calling Blighty’ from around the Empire

“Projector Fire – Young Operators Avert Panic”: ‘Projectionettes’ and Teenage Projectionists in Wartime

http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/45482 Imagine walking down the street past this cinema, minding your own business, when suddenly a flaming reel of nitrate comes flying out of the upstairs window onto the pavement in front of you. This is exactly what could have happened in August 1943 at the Queen's Picture House in Bolton, when a major incident … Continue reading “Projector Fire – Young Operators Avert Panic”: ‘Projectionettes’ and Teenage Projectionists in Wartime