Usually a big queue
I remember the Classic Cinema in the early 1970s when I was in my teens; I left school in 1973. I used to go there with a friend throughout 1972/73 for the late night music films on a Saturday. We used to get there at about 10.30pm for an 11pm start and the queue used to go around the corner and a fair way up Montpelier Road.
20p a ticket for entry
They showed some fabulous films at that time ‘A Hard Days Night’ and ‘Help’ on a number of occasions; I’m a big Beatles fan so I went every time. I saw ‘Woodstock’, ‘Creams’ Last Concert’, ‘The Who Live At Monterey’, ‘Gimme Shelter’ and ‘Easy Rider’. I vaguely remember seeing ‘Alice’s Restaurant’ there as well. I remember it used to cost about 20p a ticket which was reasonable for the time and it was always full.
A magical Brighton walk
We always had to rely on good weather as we used to come out at around 2am and there were no buses and a taxi was out of the question. My friend lived at the bottom of Trafalgar Street and I lived at the north end of Upper Lewes Road, so if it rained I got a soaking. In the summer there was something a bit magical about walking through an empty Brighton at night, we never felt threatened at all but then Brighton was a totally different town in 1973.
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