Town Cinemas

8/10/1904 Market Rasen Mail reported on

Town Hall show of photographs. HD Robert’s Animated Photo Co. Three nights only, “War between Japan and Russia”. Tickets from Watson and son, Union Street.

25/04/1914 Picture Dome at the Town Hall Tuesday evening last, the fine picture showing included dramas, scenes, comedy & the inevitable comic which were heartily appreciated by those present.

Mr W.H.Mosely, proprietor, intends to keep up a good standard of films & hopes to obtain & keep the goodwill & patronage of the people of Market Rasen & district. Next week “When the Earth Trembled” & several other of good name, including few Keystone comics will be shown.

Market Rasen Mail page 5

05/12/1914 Town Hall free picture night, showed 3 films. A collection for the Belgium Relief Fund raised 8 shillings. MR Mail 22/11/2000 remembers

1915-1918 Market Rasen Mail nothing about the cinema.

28/12/1918 Advert in the local paper for “For All Eternity” at the Town Hall The Picture House. Thursday 2nd January 1919. Leasee and manager Leonard G Pycock (Late 3rd Lincolnshire Regiment).

2/1/1919 The Opening night for “For All Eternity”

Mr Leonard G Pycock of Boston, showing pictures in Town Hall.

4/1/1919 Market Rasen Mail advert for “Mother Love” on Jan 9th

11/01/1919 Mr LG Pycock of Boston, showing pictures in Town Hall. MR Mail

Report on the opening night.

“The Picture House-The cinematograph which has been opened at the Town Hall, had a most inauspicious start on Thursday in last week. The engine which has been installed could not be got into working order for that evening, and the large crowd which had assembled had to be turned away. However, everything was got ready for the Friday night, and the crowded house was treated to a splendid show. The star picture was

“For All Eternity” and if it is to be any criterion of the class of picture to be provided in the future, Market Rasen will indeed be lucky, as it was equal to anything seen at the “movie” at Lincoln or elsewhere. There was again a splendid attendance on Saturday night. The Picture House is to be open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening, with a special afternoon performance every Saturday. This week the star picture is “Mother Love” and next week “God and the man” is to be filmed”

1919 Charles Peatfield took over the cinema and put in electric generator.

Piano played by Miss Cath Beettlestone, daughter of Headmaster of Wesleyan School. MR Mail

1922 Mr Peatfield sold it.

1/1923 The Central Electric Cinema-Town Hall was showing “The Golden Dawn” featuring Miss Sydney Fairbrother and Gertrude McCoy, supported by Pathe News, a sunshine comedy and Sherlock Holmes detective story “The Abbey Grange”. Doors open 7.15pm for 7.30 start. Tickets booked thought WH Smith. Children 4d and 2d and adults 9d and 4d. MRM 27/1/1995

7/2/1923 The Market Rasen Amateur Operatic Society held an event for local charities in Central Electric Cinema. They performed “The Yeoman of the Guard”

1920s Mr J W Watson was listed as the proprietor, and he carried out a number of improvements to the Cinema. The whole of the interior was repainted and the walls had a panelling effect. There were 350 cushioned tip-up seats for patrons. Also a new engine to produce electric light was installed. Market Rasen Mail remembers 27th August 1977.

09/1/1926 Advert for Electric Cinema in the Town Hall, in the M R Mail

Rase Heritage Society has photograph of Electric Cinema

“…..The Town Hall, standing on Church property on the West side of the Market Place, is now a cinema…”..Listed in Kelly’s Directory of 1926

1929 Cinema bought by Mr TC Badley from Spilsby, he stated in 1959 that he had owned it for 30 years.

01/01/1933 Called Town Hall Cinema; Tickets from Mr Hyde, Market Place

1931 A new 10hp oil engine had been installed by Mr Badley to provide the motive power for turning the cinema reels. Running for twenty hours a week, at a cost of 15s including lubricating oil.

9/1931 With the new oil engine the cinema patrons have watching “Talkies”, such as “Showgirl in Hollywood “with Alice White and Jack Mulhal.

16/12/1933 Market Rasen Mail; advert for “talkies” a film of well known radio stars.

1934 The Town hall was up for sale but it did not reach the reserve price. A bid of £750 was not accepted.

23/12/1933 Market Rasen Advertiser; Headphones for the use of deaf patrons; Morrison’s sound system. Performances on Christmas Day evening and Boxing Day evening. Tickets fro Mr L Hyde’s, Market Place.

3/9/1938 Market Rasen Advertiser; Monday and Tuesday-”Dark Journey”, Wednesday and Thursday-!Between Two Women”, Friday and Saturday-”Oh! Mr Porter”, plus Saturday matinee for children-”Knight without Armour”.

16/9/1941 The Town Hall with Cinema was up for sell, nobody was interested in buying it. Not one single bid. There was the main room, office and six shops, it also included the cinema equipment. The clock was no included in the sale.

1/1/1944 Lincolnshire Advertiser; advert with full week’s listings.

After the War, Mr J Badley of Spilsby owned and operated the cinema in Market Rasen, also in Horncastle, Spilsby and Long Sutton.

1950s Advert to be checked!

Mr TC Badley commenting the cost of tickets due to the Entertainment Tax.

The Tax on a 2/5s seat is 1/-

Tax 1916-1960

6/6/1953 Market Rasen Mail reported; The Full weeks listings of films-4 of them. See advert.

“A Queen is crowned” the only Full Length (Technicolor) Coronation Film.

July 10th at 6 and 8pm and July 11th at 4,6,8pm.

31/10/1953 The Market Rasen Mail reported; Cinema’s Sunday screening cause controversy in Rasen. Letter from H DesForges, Bridge House, Caistor Road, complaining about cinemas in general and that they should be closed on Sundays!

30/05/1959-Market Rasen Mail reported that the Town Hall Cinema closed and next day Waverley Cinema opened, showing “You pay your money”.

Advert for both Town Hall Cinema and The Waverley Cinema.

Letter from T.C. Badley, Drummond House, High Street, Spilsby, in Market Rasen Mail… “thanking everyone for their support over 30 years. Employees Miss Dawson and Mr Brumpton.”

New owner Cyril Perkins Robinson was granted permission by the Market Rasen Magistrates a licence for Sunday performances.

The Corn Exchange and The Waverley Hotel has been granted cinema licences. But the Waverley has the tip-up seats already installed.

At some point the Waverley Cinema closed and it moved to the Liberal Hall.

25/11/1961- Advert in The Market Rasen Mail, Liberal Hall Cinema, Tuesdays and Sundays.

06/01/1962-Waverley Cinema reopened after improvements to the ceiling and acoustics of the hall had been carried out.

30/06/1962-Cinema closed on Wednesdays, open only on Saturday and Sunday.

8/9/1962 Waverley Cinema, Saturday and Sundays evening performances.

Wednesday evening Bingo

1966 Market Rasen Mail newspaper has no adverts on the town cinema.

4/1990 Cinema-Entertainment held screening in the Festival as a test. Limited success. August 1990 continued in Middle Rasen for a while.