Thursday, 23 March 2017

Movie Night

Cinema Tickets

Sorting through some of the endless junk in the house lead me to an old scrapbook from my teens. Just check out this page of carefully collected cinema ticket stubs. I can't believe I actually paid good money to see most of these films! Most of them are from the Cineworlds in Newport and Cardiff, and the little paper stubs are from the old Scene 123 cinema in Cwmbran. It opened in 1972 and basically remained exactly the same until it closed in 2013. Apparently it was the last remaining cinema in the UK using an original mirror periscope system.

You can see some photos of the interior - looking much, er, fresher than I remember it - over at the Cwmbran Life blog. As kids we used to go to cinema club there every Saturday morning (£1 admission!) where I saw the 1998 remake of Godzilla about eight times. I went most weeks when I was in sixth form too, usually after my Saturday morning shift as a kitchen help at St. Joe's Hospital in Malpas.

There were three screens, allegedly seating 80, 100, and 130 a piece, but in one screen whole bunches of seats were missing, and in the other people would sit on the floor at the front if it was a popular film. (I remember watching Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire that way!) I think the last time I went was before VUE Cwmbran even opened, maybe 2008 or 2009. I've only ever been to the VUE about six times though. These days I'm too skint for the cinema!
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