Memories

Our first date was at the ‘pictures’ on 19 September 1965 to see Lucky Jim. We must have hit it off because we will be celebrating our 42nd wedding anniversary at Easter.

George Whitelock (La Scala, 1965)
  • 1966

    Irene Shedden

    Odeon

    In 1966, I worked as an ice cream girl in the Odeon Cinema in Renfrew St. The trays were very heavy when full and we had to walk backwards down the isle without lights on so that the audience could see us.

  • Maria

    E&E Electrum

    E&E Electrum Cinema in Eglinton St. Wooden seats where you were packed like sardines in a tin. You were told everything about the plot as the owners’ brother sprayed disinfectant that smelled of violets. We would hold up our faces...

  • Liz McCallum

    Cosmo

    Uncle Sandy was a commissionaire. If we were in queue and he spotted us he would shout: ‘Two single seats!’ When we said we’d take them he’d show us in but the seats would be two together!

  • 1960s

    Fiona Turner

    La Scala

    I remember going to La Scala in Sauchiehall St. in the late 60s with my boyfriend and we always paid extra for the Golden Divans which were small couches for just 2! It was very romantic!

  • Jimmy Keenan

    The Hall, Uddingston

    Memories of flicking balls of silver paper into the beam of the projector. The film would flicker and the usherette came down and threatened us with eviction. Next time we got chucked out.

  • 1942

    Freda Culter

    GFT

    In 1942 I was asked on a first date, with a young medical student. I was 16! He took me to the Cosmo – and I was introduced to the magic of the foreign films. We got married in 1945 and had 54 years together...

  • 1964

    Gavin Lawson

    Mosspark Picture House

    I remember going to the Mosspark Picture House with my Mum and Dad to see Whatever Happened to Baby Jane in 1964. The manager at the door asked my Dad what age I was, he replied 15...

  • 1960

    Peter Griffin

    Blythswood

    Circa 1960 the cinema was due to show The Mummy. To promote it the manager dressed up as a mummy and walked around the surrounding streets. When the film finally came to the cinemas he would sometimes take the place...

  • 1980s

    Alex Calletly

    Muirend

    My Grandpa told me about how him and his pals used to pay for one ticket at the cinema in Muirend; one of them would go in and let the others in through the fire exit. Years later, my parents who had only started dating...

  • Linda McDowell

    Blythswood & Seamore

    Many happy childhood memories of cinema growing up in Maryhill. Cinema gave me a love of films but also an introduction to perfume via the perfume machine in the ladies toilet. I think it was a half penny for a spray...