Mad scramble for the best Portsmouth cinema seats on Saturdays

Carlton cinema, Cosham, 2007
Carlton cinema, Cosham, 2007
Theresa Paddon with her two children, Lee, 18 months, and Darren, three, at their home in Leigh Park

THIS WEEK IN 1984: Give me the facts says worried mum

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No doubt most of you will remember with affection Saturday morning cinema clubs.

Regular reader Eddy Amey does and goes back to the late 1940s when he and his friends were regular viewers at the Carlton, Cosham.

Tarzan, Jane and Cheetah

Tarzan, Jane and Cheetah

He says: ‘Sometimes we would roam as far as the Majestic in Kingston Road where, after queuing for entry, there would be a mad scramble for the best seats while the usherettes tried to keep order.’

Eddy, of Northwood Square, Fareham, says the shows usually comprised a main feature such as a Western or perhaps Tarzan.

Then there were cartoons and ‘always a serial to keep you attending and ingrain the cinema habit’. Flash Gordon was his favourite.

He adds: ‘The whole show was frequently prefaced with a singalong following the on-screen bouncing ball on top of the words.

The Essoldo/Majestic in Kingston Road., Portsmouth

The Essoldo/Majestic in Kingston Road., Portsmouth

‘Kids might be called to the stage area on their birthday and get a free ice cream or drink,’ he adds.

Flash Grodon

Flash Grodon