Film ID:
YFA 5296

THE PLAYHOUSE

1969-1970

Visitor Tabs

Description

This is a mixture of film taken around a time when changes were taking place at the Playhouse cinema in Beverley.  It includes photos of old Beverley, and of past cinema programmes and publicity, followed by a film being put on and cinema equipment being taken away and its use as a bingo hall.  It also shows the old swimming pool on Ladygate.

The film begins showing the cover of the Beverley ‘Tatler’, the Picture Playhouse journal, with the programme including the Skin Game, by John Galsworthy, on Wednesday, 27th February, ‘The Terror’ and The Narrow Valley, showing dates and cast.  Others shown are advertisements for Treasure Island and one stating, “Coming Soon, ‘Some big super films’.”

The film switches to show a table presented to Beverley Cottage Hospital by Mrs E F Symmons.  Some old photographs are shown, a fox hunt, and a motorcycle and sidecar, and the filming of a joiner working on the Playhouse with an advertisement for  ‘The Playhouse News.’  There is also a film of Jubilee Day in Beverley, May 6th 1936, with photos taken from the day of a crowded town centre.  Another photo shows people leaving the Playhouse when it was showing ‘The Song of Bernadette’, with many in military uniforms.  There are also stills taken from Beverley pageant, and a photo of it being filmed. There is a billboard advertising a showing of ‘A Queen is Crowned’ of the coronation.  There are more flyers for films, including ‘The Robe’ and ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’, with one dated April 1957.  More photos include one showing filming in a tannery, and of the outside of the Playhouse at different periods.  Then more brochures are shown, and a poster showing the programme for July, including Cape Fear and Gigi.  A poster for October has Seven Women form Hell, Sitting Pretty and Five Fingers, and one for December shows Jumbo.

The next part of the film shows behind the scenes shots of the equipment, including the projector, with a young man showing the various parts of the projector in detail.  He takes out a can of film.  On the wall is a photo of Ernest Symmons.  There is a pile of empty reels, bound together by old film.  A couple of men are dismantling the projector.  Then we see the dismantled projector being loaded onto the back of a truck.  The Playhouse is then seen in a dilapidated condition, but still with many of its features intact. 

The stage is prepared for bingo.  There is a view of the outside of the Playhouse, and women arriving for bingo, along with the arrival of the bingo caller.  Women, including Mrs Symmons, take money at the door.  The bingo caller reads out the numbers to the half full hall, many sat on the stairs.  Some of the women writing down the numbers are shown close up.  Afterwards, the caller, Mrs Symmons and other staff relax.

There are children in a swimming pool, all wearing swimming hats, and being watched by a teacher.  Then the pool is seen empty, and there is a man stood on the diving board.  Outside the Playhouse a man films the front.  Then a man being filmed in an interview is itself filmed outside the Cany Carton shop.  The cameraman winds up his camera and takes film of the surrounding area.  They then film inside the cinema.  An elderly couple are filmed sat on the stairs.

There is then film of the Saturday Market Square, and again of the front of the Playhouse, and some footage of a pageant being shown on the screen.  Then there is more bingo, showing a different caller and modern bingo machines.  This is followed by a brief shot of women swimming in the swimming pool, and Mrs Symmons at her desk.  We then see documentary makers in the cutting room.

The film switches to the projection on the screen of an old edition of The Playhouse News, showing the Coronation Year, 1953, and a beautiful baby’s competition.  Mrs Symmons is in the projection room as it shows the shower scene from Psycho.  After a few shots of the inside of the theatre, we see the market outside, and then a man up a ladder at the front of the theatre, seemingly doings some adjustments to the light fittings.  On the ground a young man holds a cine camera, and films the Playhouse which now has scaffolding around it.  Two workmen do repairs to the front, and then the front is shown again, now with the scaffolding down.  The film finishes showing the opening title sequence to Live and Let Die.