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)
  • 1952

    Kathleen Keenan

    Possilpark

    Mum and Dad put my sister and me into the cinema at Possilpark to see Songs of Bernadette while they went to town. We stayed in to see it again and Dad had to come down the aisles with the usherette shining a torch...

  • 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...

  • 1950s

    John Miller

    The Paragon

    As well as showing ‘pictures’, The Paragon once had a cowboy and his horse visit. It was the mid-fifties. The children were so excited and created so much noise that the horse reared up, the ‘cowboy’ fell off...

  • 1956

    Melvyn Lynd

    ABC Princes, Gourlay Street

    As children we would always attend ABC Minors on Saturday mornings. At Halloween they would organise Fancy Dress competition, with the shouts of the audience deciding the winner. In 1956 I came first, dressed as Zorro...

  • 1942

    Catherine Brown

    The Parade

    One of my memories at the cinema is when we went to see Bambi, myself and my three children, at the Parade Cinema some time ago. I had to wait till everyone left as my makeup had ran down my face when Bambi’s Mum died.

  • 1950

    Patricia Jeffrey

    Grand Central

    In 1950 I was aged 3 – my big sister was to ‘keep me out the road’ while arrangements were made for my Grannie’s funeral. For 3 days in a row I was taken to see Annie Get Your Gun at the Grand Central on Rutherglen Main Street. Pure magic! Catapulted...

  • 1956

    Linnea

    The Bedford

    I remember the old Bedford cinema, a bit of an old relic 50-odd years ago, faded plush seats, velvet curtain with stars, ice-cream sellers with crinkly perms.

  • 1953

    Ailsa Ferguson

    Rex

    Going to see Wizard of Oz with five year old friend, Jean, and her mum in 1953. Loved it! Hooked on cinema ever since!

  • 1940s-50s

    Tony Jaconelli

    Premier

    Shettleston was well served with cinemas; we had four, The State, The Broadway (later the name was changed to the Odeon), The Palaceum and the Premier.

  • 1950s

    Tony Nesbit

    Roxy

    Recently I was having a discussion with a friend about the large number of cinemas and dance halls available to Glaswegians in the past and I estimated that in my youth there had been around ten cinemas, large and small...