I have mentioned "going to the pictures" in a previous post. Today, we are looking at one of the "picture theatres" that I used to frequent when I was younger. It is the Alhambra Theatre in Stones Corner, right across Old Cleveland Road from the Stones Corner Hotel. In fact, one of the reasons we went there was so that my parents could drop us off at the movies and then have a welcome child-free hour or so in the beer garden. This is the way the Alhambra Theatre appeared in 1949 (below), showing a Bob Hope and Bing Crosby film, "Road to Rio". Judging by the number of bicycles left at the curb, I assume that the picture could have been taken during a Saturday matinee. Maybe there was a Flash Gordon serial on too!
When I was in primary school I saw a film at this theatre that scared me silly. It was "Moby Dick" with Gregory Peck as Captain Ahab. I'm not sure exactly how old I was, but I certainly remember the effect it had on me - I had nightmares for ages. Looking back, I'm not sure now whether it was the big white whale or Peck's performance as the crazy Ahab that upset me! Does anyone remember the totally non-PC song "Ahab the Arab" that was around during the early sixties? I'm sure singer-songwriter Ray Stevens would be cast into jail if he were to release a similar song now.(Photo: © 2009 the foto fanatic)
Alas, like many other picture theatres, the advent of television had a huge impact on the Alhambra - this is the way it looks now (above). It might have gone physically, but at least its name has been preserved in this redevelopment.
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