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  • Writer's pictureEllen Cheshire

Picturedrome celebrates 100 Years

Updated: Apr 11, 2023

On the 9 Janaury 2020 the Bognor Regis Picturedrome celebrated 100 years as a cinema, with a fabulous Black Tie event...

Here's an overview of the evening: - two spotlight light beams could be seen for miles

-local dignitaries and industry people arrived in their finery

-via red carpet we were taken in through a secret entrance, we were greeted and had photos taken with 'Marilyn Monroe' and 'Charlie Chaplin'.

- the entrance took us straight through to the newest screen 2 where there was a champagne fountain and could listen to the Centenary Jazz Quartet.

- carrying on through to the new foyer where the previous popcorn bar had been transformed into a cocktail bar.

- this foyer housed displays of historic Cinema ephemera.

- the display continued along the walkway behind screen 1.

- buffet food available at various points, and in the main foyer was a chocolate fountain and cake.

- In screen 1, welcomed by John Mann playing the organ, a recent acquisition by the cinema.

- the programme started with an introduction presided over by MC Nick Stuart-Nicholson.

- Local historian Sylvia Endacott gave an illustrated presentation on the history of the building 135 years, and the cinema 100 years.

-Adam Cunard who owns and operates the cienma said a few words, and then with MP Nick Gibb unveiled the plaque

-the cake was wheeled in and Marilyn Sang happy birthday.

- These last two activities were filmed and live relayed to screen.

- In the interval we were served champagne and the chains; new range of vegan ice creams (Adam said first chain to be stocking them)

- John Mann entertained again. Think they said he is now in his 80s and had been playing for approx 60 years.

-after the interval there was a Pathe newsreel and classic cinema ads

- then a screening of the wonderful British film The Smallest Show on Earth, on 35mm

-the film was followed by national anthem to a glorious colour film of queen's coronation.

-the evening end and it was time to pick up photos taken with Marilyn and Charlie and a goody bag which included a centenary mug and a slice of cake.

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