ABC Minors Club on Saturdays
I have a lot of memories of this cinema, which started for me around the early 1960s, when I was going to the Saturday morning ABC Minors club. It was sixpence to get in, we had great times watching all sorts like Zorro, and the Lone Ranger. We used to sing a special song, the song the words being screamed out by all the kids that were there. I remember being taken by my dad to see the early Bond movies From Russia with Love, Dr No and Goldfinger; I also remember seeing 101 Dalmations (the original) and lots of other great films.
Renovated in the 1970s
They revamped the cinema internally in, I think, the 1970s. Can anyone remember exactly when this was? They took out every other row of seats, which gave you a great amount of leg room. Overall a great local cinema which served the area well until attendances dropped off as they did in the late eighties, and then later on a Gala Bingo until even that closed and then it was left to go into disrepair. As you can see from the second photograph here, the deconstruction of the grand old lady of Portland Road has now been completed; the bulldozers have moved in, and the tipper trucks are taking the rubble away.