The flea pit cinema
I was brought up in Portslade and spent a lot of time around the North Street/ Trafalgar Street area in the late fifties to mid sixties. Reading the Portslade memories here on the website has reminded me of things I thought I had forgotten. I do remember The Pavilion Cinema, North Street; it was truly a flea pit with broken seats and it was pretty grotty.
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Saturday morning pictures
Later on my friends and I used to go to The Rothbury in Franklyn Road. This was a much nicer place and not at all like the flea pit in North Street. I have an abiding memory of the manager shining his torch on unruly kids at the Saturday morning cinema club. We watched films like The Lone Ranger and Batman and Robin. Getting very excited we would shout and jump up and down.
A very strange shop
In the 1960s I worked at the decorators merchants on the South side of Wellington Road. It was opposite a shop that was reputed to be selling….ahem..[hushed voice] marital aids. I was too young and innocent to know. But I did frequent the Feedwell Cafe in North Street, who did a memorable bacon sandwich for 1s 6d. The area was dominated then by Flexers paper sack factory.