Dave B

Dave B

Posted on 07/14/2015

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Macclesfield Picturehouses 1935

Macclesfield Picturehouses 1935
Macclesfield 1935 - 4 picture houses (5 actually because one not mentioned) Macclesfield 2015 - 0 picture houses. Signs of the times.

This advert I found when looking at our copy of a 1935/6 special edition of our local paper produced for the Jubilee (George V.) It has mainly poor quality photos of groups of people doing things during 1935 (like marriage groups and clubs.) It does have interesting advertisements, though.
Macclesfield's first picturehouse - the one not mentioned - was the Regal on the bend of Duke Street (that curved building) opened in 1910. This was followed by the Picturedrome (we called it simply the Drome) 1911, the Cinema 1912, the Premier 1919 and the Majestic 1922 . The Drome and the Majestic buildings still exist although performing other functions. The Cinema was where Arighi's Buxton Road car park gates stand whilst the Premier is the back left hand corner of B&Q.

For those who never experienced real money, the prices will be confusing. A pound (£) was 20 shillings (s) and a shilling was 12 pence (d) - simple really - giving us £sd Pounds shillings and pence. 5d converts to just over 2p in today's money whilst 1/3 (meaning 1 shilling and 3 pence) was just under 7p. My inflation calculator changes that into £1.33 and £3.99 for today. I would guess today's ticket prices might be slightly higher (my last visit to pictures was to see Grease about 1979!)