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A Day in Cinema History
Princes Hall advertised . . .
"The Sacred Flame" - 1929 USA B/W Talkie Drama
Saltaire Picture House - Advertised "All Talking" . . .
"The Saturday Night Kid" - 1929 USA B/W Sound
Shipley Picture House - offered . . .
"Undertow" - 1930 USA B/W Silent + some sound!
Pavilion de Luxe . . .
Shipley cinema prices were very much cheaper than those in the Bradford city centre but as sound and picture quality improved rapidly the audiences likewise increased reaching a peak in the 1940s (particularly the war years) and early 1950s. It was with the popularity of television (still only two B/W channels, BBC and ITV) in the late 1950s that the decline in cinema audiences began. The rest, as they say, is history.
Reference Sources & Acknowledgements
All the articles accompanying the History of Shipley Cinemas are the copyright of Colin Sutton and may not be copied, reproduced or included in any other version of history without my permission. The articles include a large amount of previously unpublished material from my own personal memories, connections, family archives and after interviewing many people who have worked in the local cinema trade. Also some information does actually appear word-for-word in other published works simply because it was researched from the same source material, eg. cinema advertising or newspaper reporting. In the past I have also supplied much basic information about Bradford and Shipley Cinemas to another author of local cinema books and provided information to local press.
Modern colour images are all copyright of Colin Sutton and are taken from my own colourslides. Older monochrome (ie. black & white and sepia toned) images are taken from very old photographs loaned or given to me over several decades whilst researching. The donor/lenders and myself did not know who took the original pictures or who, if anyone, owns the copyright of same. They are reproduced in good faith to add interest to the history and to prompt the reader's memory.
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