The ABC Minors

The sad end of one of Brighton's former premier cinemas
©Tony Mould

I remember the Astoria in the early ’50s. My mum was a cleaner there. We used to go to Saturday morning pictures – hoards of kids went. We watched Flash Gordon, Lassie, Bowery Boys, Shirley Temple, Marx Brothers, Laurel and Hardy, Chaplin, Roy Rogers, and many many more.

What a racket we made!

They use to have Guy Fawkes competitions for firework night. I won a pictorial history book one year. Then there was the fancy dress competition at Christmas. I went as Father Christmas, and won a traveling clock. We had our picture in the daily paper, l think it was the Brighton Herald. We used to sing.”We are the A.B.C.Minors” and watch the organ come out of the ground. What a racket we made when the projection broke down. Oh, happy days.

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  • I saw Jaws there. Must have been 1976.

    By James Leech (31/01/2020)
  • My mum was a cleaner there as well, when I was roughly 9-11 years old. We also went to Saturday morning pictures there and we loved it.

    By Pauline GODDEN (05/03/2022)

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