Me, my mates and family used to alternate between The Queens and Star Kinema.

We always considered The Queens as the ‘posh’ one because it had a balcony (upstairs), although on a Saturday afternoon The Queens was a penny cheaper down the entry.

We always got there early so we would avoid the front row in The Queens because there were no seats with arms, just a bench the whole width of the cinema.

No-one wanted to sit on them.

It was seven pence at the back and a shilling upstairs.

In the evenings during the week they had rules for children; if you were not with an adult, all under 14s were turfed out at 7pm or 8pm.

They had a commissionaire who could tell the children’s ages, we hated him.

Then TV arrived and thousands abandoned the cinemas.