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Gaumont Cinema.

The Gaumont Cinema, Baldwin Street, Bristol, photographed on Wednesday 17th April 1974. The programme is a Disney double-bill; "Herbie Rides Again" and the supporting feature (remember those!) "Run Cougar Run". It must have been the school Easter holidays. The nation's large cinemas had then been owned by two major groups, ABC and Rank. There was a third group, Granada I think, which owned a lot of suburban cinemas. The Gaumont was a Rank house. The commissionaires and usherettes wore a brown uniform and the in-house film magazine, on sale at the box office (it was actually advertising that you paid for) was called "Showtime".

The building opened in 1892 as Livermore's People's Palace. With the coming of silent films it converted to cinema and was renamed The Palace, becoming The New Palace with the arrival of talkies. I think it was still The New Palace when, in 1955, I was taken here for my first-ever visit to a cinema ...also to see a Disney film, "Bambi".

The Gaumont closed in March 1980 and has had a number of uses since. The bus is on the no. 1 service, Stockwood-Henbury.

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