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Cheaper Dudley cinema tickets at back entrance

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: April 13, 2014

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WITH reference to the letter in The Bugle (March 13 edition) by Mrs Mary Wood about her Mom pushing her on to the cinema floor in the scary bits of the film.

I was one of the youngsters who was in the queue at the back of the Criterion and Regent Cinemas complete with jam sandwiches waiting for some kind person to purchase my ticket to get in.

I was born and bred in Dudley and now in my 89th year I remember the cinemas very well. I queued at the back entrances as tickets were cheaper than the main entrance to both cinemas.

The Regent back entrance was in the Inhedge, the main entrance was opposite Top Church.

The Regent's name was later changed to the Gaumont.

The back entrance to the Criterion was in King's Street and the front in Market Place.

The Criterion ran a programme from dinner time till they closed so you could see the film over and over again at no extra cost, unless an eagle-eyed usherette spotted you and you were then turfed out.

The cinema mentioned in Hall street was The Empire.

There was also another cinema top of High Street opposite F.W.Cooks store called The Castle Cinema.

This at a later date was changed to a roller skating rink of which I became a member.

I also patronised the Odeon and Plaza cinemas as I got older, minus jam sandwiches.

Sadly all these cinemas have now gone.

Thanks to Mrs Wood for recalling them.

From now on I will recall them vividly as my misspent youth.

Pete Shingleton,

Dudleyite,

New Bradley Hall,

Kingswinford.

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