Flickering Memories: From Fleapit to Multiplex

A History of Ashton-under-Lyne's Cinemas


'Flickering Memories' was originally published in 1995 by Tameside Libraries at a time when the Metro Cinema on Old Street was still operating and when seasons of films were still being screened at the Tameside Hippodrome. This new revised edition, the second in the series 'Entertaining Ashton', continues the story of these once popular venues up to their respective closures. The book also provides additional text and extra illustrations to the original chapters. As well as telling of the arrival of the Cineworld Multiplex in 2003 and of its recent modernisation and introduction of 4DX. 'Flickering Memories' vividly brings to life the importance of film and cinema both in the life of the town and in the lives of its residents. The topic of cinemas is something almost everyone can relate to and the book is a source of nostalgia – names like ABC, Gaumont, Odeon, Pavilion, Queen's, Ritz, Roxy and Star all summon up childhood memories and of years gone by.


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This updated edition also includess the original foreword by comedian and film expert the late Bob Monkhouse.


..."By the mid-50s I was in Aston-under-Lyne again, a fairly callow but established radio and TV comic. A break in rehearsals at the Hulme Hippodrome meant enough time to see a movie and the ABC was showing Dirk Bogarde in ‘Doctor at Sea’. Very funny but a bit too glossy and mainstream for me. I went more to see the second feature, a ramshackle cheapie called ‘Calling All Cars’ and starring Cardew Robinson. I felt proud of the ABC"...