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My Brighton and Hove
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The Astoria could seat 2,000 people. It opened in 1933 and became a bingo hall in the 1970s.
"The Big 4" and "My first date"
The Big 4 by John Merrington “I remember the 40s, 50s and 60s when the Astoria was one of the ‘Big 4’. ...
A fourteen year old page boy
My father, Ronald Leslie Barber, was 14 years of age when he started work as a page boy at the Astoria ...
Childrens' film shows in the 1950s
ABC Minors Like so many other kids in the pre-TV age I went there every Saturday morning between about 1957 and ...
History of the Astoria cinema
The texts below were written by the children of Downs Junior School for the ‘Schoolkids Tour’ of Brighton in the ...
Ice lollies and the cheap seats
‘Drink on a Stick’ When I first moved to Brighton, the Astoria Cinema used to show the regular type of shows, ...
Links about the Astoria
Changing face of Brighton and Hove, June 2001 – at www.mybrightonandhove.org.uk Detailed historical notes and maps showing Brighton cinemas – at ...
Saturday morning kids shows
Free entry as a monitor The Astoria was a great place for kids to go on Saturday mornings in the 1950s. ...
The ABC Minors
I remember the Astoria in the early ’50s. My mum was a cleaner there. We used to go to Saturday ...
The best cinema in Brighton?
Art Deco style The Astoria cinema, in Gloucester Place, was built in the Art Deco style in the 1930s. It was a ...
Turned into a bingo hall
Which cinema - when?
Do you know which Brighton cinema foyer is shown here? Do you have a rough estimate of the date? If you can ...
The ABC Minors
Duke of York's Cinema
Granada Cinema, Portland Road
Princes News Theatre
The Odeon Cinema, Hove
The Paris Continental Cinema
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