What are your memories about going to ‘the pictures’?

Memories of Cinemas in the Falkirk Area,  31/08/2015, Falkirk, Callendar House, Falkirk District, ''Jennifer Thomson of Community Trust tucks into a Fry's Chocolate bar.''Pic by Alan Murray'Contact - mob   075 11123 919                      www.alanmurrayphotography.co.uk
Memories of Cinemas in the Falkirk Area, 31/08/2015, Falkirk, Callendar House, Falkirk District, ''Jennifer Thomson of Community Trust tucks into a Fry's Chocolate bar.''Pic by Alan Murray'Contact - mob 075 11123 919 www.alanmurrayphotography.co.uk
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If you love your films and movie magic but Netflix doesn’t raise a flicker of interest, you see DVDs as a dying breed and videos positively vintage, then there’s a treat in store coming up.

The picture house was where you had your first date, where you first saw a classic film up on the big screen, an Oscar-winning performance or that gorgeous Hollywood star you fell in love with.

The Rialto, Kirkcaldy''Courtesy of Bill Gourlay

The Rialto, Kirkcaldy''Courtesy of Bill Gourlay

Everyone has a memory of going along to the local cinema and Fife has had its fair share of picture houses over the generations, places like the ABC, the Odeon, the Rio, the New Picture House, the Regent, the Troxy, the Western, the Imperial....

But gone are the days when usherettes would walk round the seats offering ice creams and even Woodbine and Player’s Navy Cut cigarettes.

And when the lights went down and clouds of smoke obscured the screen, or you found a torch shining in your face if you were misbehaving – especially in the back row.

Now Falkirk Community Trust is to revisit those heady days of cinema from the early 20th century in the aptly named Green Room in Callendar House next month.

Kirkcaldy Carlton Cinema

Kirkcaldy Carlton Cinema

The nostalgic journey into some of the most iconic films in history and the cinemas which furnished Falkirk’s streets will feature film extracts including the famous Pearl and Dean advertisement and newsreels from the Scottish Screen Archive.

The audience will be able to share their memories of the Saturday Kid’s Club, favourite movie scenes and songs, screen icons such as Humphrey Bogart, Marlon Brando, John Wayne or Audrey Hepburn and eating choc ices.

The Callendar House archives also has a selection of memorabilia, including one of the dreaded torches from around 1939.

One of the trust’s learning assistants, Jennifer Thomson, said the idea for the Memories of ... Cinemas in the Falkirk Area came from feedback from residents who took part in a previous memories project.

ABC Cinema in Kirkcaldy 175 or 1976

ABC Cinema in Kirkcaldy 175 or 1976

Jennifer said: “There isn’t really a bad memory of the cinema from what I’ve heard from a lot of people. They went on first dates there, got all dressed up, watched all the iconic films on the big screen.

“Just the whole experience was so different than it is nowadays, it was a real social occasion.”

Yes, from the Saturday children’s matinees to first holding hands in the chummy seats, “going to the pictures” still conjures up magical memories.

“Some of the stuff we will be screening on the day we’ve got from Scottish Screen Archives, we’ve been working closely with them and we have a few items here that will be on display on the day as well,” Jennifer added.

“We’ll be showing Meals On Wheels, I think it was an independent cinema that created it and we’re hiring it from Scottish Screen Archives. It’s designed a bit like a menu that’s got a lot of old cinema adverts that go in the form of starters, mains and desserts and there will be an old newsreel as well.

“One of the other aims is just to really get people chatting about their experiences at the cinema.

“We’ll have the National Anthem played at the end as well, apparently that’s what they used to do at the end of films.”

So if you’re nostalgic for those days of the stalls and the balcony, then a trip to Falkirk might just be up your street... or down your aisle.

Or perhaps Fife should think about staging a similar event? What do you think? The Fife Free Press Group would love to hear your memories of the cinema’s glory days. Drop us a line or post on Facebook.

●Memories of ... Cinemas in the Falkirk Area event is being held on Thursday, October 15, in Callendar House with screenings at 11am and 2pm. Tickets are £3.50 and can be booked at The Steeple box office on (01324) 506850.