Second run cinema
The Classic was a second-run cinema, so the films had all played somewhere else first. Disney, Bond films and modern classics like Young Winston and many others were played here. I knew a manager, a Mr Abrahams I recall, in the early 1970s. He was a really nice man and he sometimes gave me copies of the posters for the films.
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All night picture shows
What I particularly remember were the double-bill horror movies late on Friday nights and the all-night picture shows on Saturday nights. The all-night shows I saw were The Beatles, James Bond, horror and sci-fi movies. I was under-age, but tall and very responsible. I had a deep love of cinema and I saw some classics at these all-night shows. One was a night of ‘Devil’ movies that included the Hammer great The Devil Rides Out. One all-night sci-fi show featured Westworld, Logan’s Run, Solent Green (an alarming, relevant film even now), The Omega Man (I think) and They Only Kill Their Masters.
About half-way through we would be served sandwiches and tea or coffee. It is such a shame that the video age killed off such places and the spur for a whole night of fantastic movies like that, all in one showing. Nights like that were such a terrific experience for a cinema lover. The walk home to Moulsecoomb over the Seven Dials was great too, but was I tired the next day.