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I recall going to the opening film at Stourbridge cinema in 1940

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: May 16, 2014

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FOLLOWING your stories and letters on old cinemas I remember the opening of the Danilo Cinema, Hagley Road, Stourbridge, on Whit Monday, May 13, 1940.

The cinema opened without any ceremony. At the time of its opening, the Battle of Britain was raging in the South of England!

I remember walking up Hagley Road, Stourbridge, in the afternoon for the first film show at 2 pm. The film was At the Villa Rose showing for three days. On the following Saturday afternoon a Lone Ranger serial was shown. This serial was not followed up after its 15 episodes.

The cinema closed on December 21, 1963, after 23 years of showing films.

I seem to remember that the Danilo, although the newest, was the least popular of Stourbridge's four cinemas at that time.

My mother visited at that time and paid the reduced admission price to find only a few people in the auditorium - she felt she should have paid the full price! The Danilo seated 970 in the stalls and 410 in the balcony.

Then Stourbridge had four screens in four buildings and today we have ten screens in one building at Merry Hill.

The old cinema still stands proud in Hagley Road and over various times used as a bingo hall and nightclub - times change!

Norman Robins,

14 Speedwell Gardens,

Brierley Hill.

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