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Lovely to see it today as part of the Annual ‘Open House’ event. Amazing so much survives, though it could do with some refurb. Best of all a chance to see the beautiful Wurlitzer. Hope they get the money to restore it again after the flood.
On a related topic, I’m researching a book about a man who was prosecuted in 1936 for having sex with a 16-year-old usher from the Granada Tooting. They made contact in the cinema and arranged to go to the Strand Palace Hotel. The lad in question had been posing for 2 – 3 years for nude pictures for ‘connoisseurs’, so was obviously experienced and this seems to be a little bit of a ‘vice ring’. What I’m wondering is whether this kind of thing was common. Whether cinemas and ushers/usherettes were known for this in the 1930s in the way that Music Halls were in the 1870s-90s. Anyone got any information?