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Tuppence and penny pictures by Mrs Eva Cullum

“As a child living in Norwich, I used to go to the ‘CINEMA’ in Magdalen Street on Saturday Mornings. It only cost one penny, but my mother gave me a tuppence (two old pennies) as the noisy boys were usually in the front rows of the penny seats. There was usually a Western film and another film which left the heroine tied to the railway with a train approaching or in some other sticky situation, to be continued in the week after. We re-enacted these films in our play during the week.

I went to “The Theatre De Luxe” in St Andrew’s Street three times by myself aged twelve to see “Dangerous Moonlight”, with Anton Walbrook. I had got so wound up with the film that at one point while I was watching it, I grabbed the arm of the man sitting next to me, he looked a bit startled. By this time we had moved house to a shop in Livingstone Street and this was where children introduced me to the “Penny Pictures”, in a warehouse in Ber Street owned by Mr Warminger.

All Saints Green Carlton at night [0354] 1935-02-12 1200When ‘The Carlton’ was built in All Saints Green it was the tops for comfort with a lounge and settees for people to sit and wait for the film to finish and ready to run again. They also ran a children’s club on Saturday mornings.

The other picture house I remember was “The Electric” on Prince of Wales Road. I remember a friend and I used to have lovely teas before watching the film, however when the war started we only had toast and jam, so we didn’t go again.”


Mrs Eva Cullum – Diss



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