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Interest in films had begun with the Easter Fairs that occurred in Great Yarmouth and travelling fairgrounds in the surrounding areas.

Beginning with basic screenings in booths that were marred with scratches, fairground entertainment soon included up to four cinematographic shows by the late 1890s. With such a fascination in the moving pictures, there was a natural desire to attend the new cinemas that were set up rapidly in early 20th century.

Indeed, since 1902, Great Yarmouth has been home to 11 different cinemas. With the majority of these opening before and during World War One, including Wellington Pier Pavilion and Marina Picture Palace, many have since been closed. However, they are often the sites of newer chain cinemas that have come to Great Yarmouth, such as Hollywood Cinemas.

 

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