HADLEIGH KINGSWAY CINEMA

Memories and Pictures from Alice Chafer

By Robert Hallmann

Alice started at the Kingsway Cinema in 1947 as an usherette, then she became an ice cream salesgirl and finally a personal assistant to Les Allen in the Office, typing, book-keeping, writing out programmes.

She remembers three managers: Mr. Forsythe was the first, then came Les Allen and finally Gus Keeling, who introduced wrestling, etc.

Mr. Lewis was Foreman: “We had to line up in front of him to make sure we looked proper.”

Cashiers were Lucy Gibbs and Pat King.

Projectionists were Alan Mowday and Charlie Barrell.

Monty Weldon was Doorman.

Mr. Coleman was Car Park Attendant.

And then there were the Usherettes: Stella Mitchell, Joyce and Edie Wing, Kitty Rawlingson, Pat Cooper, Freda Mowday, Mrs. Coleman, Joyce Kettering (Hill), Dot Matty, Cathy Robinson.

Staff remembered in no particular order:

Stella Mitchell (Usherette)

Alan Mowday (Projection)

Charlie Barrell (Projection)

Mr. Lewis (Foreman)

Monty Weldon (Doorman)

Joyce and Edie Wing (Usherettes)

Kitty Rawlingson (Usherette)

Pat Cooper (Usherette)

Freda Mowday (Usherette)

Mrs. Coleman (Usherette)

Lucy Gibbs (Cashier)

Pat King (Cashier)

Mr. Coleman (Car Park Attendant)

Mr. Forsythe (First Manager)

Mr. Les Allen (Manager)

Mr. Gus Keeling (next Manager – wrestling, etc.)

Joyce Kettering (Hill) (Usherette)

Dot Matty (Usherette)

Cathy Robinson (Usherette)

Upstairs at the Kingsway Cinema was a dance school led by Bob and Marion Barber.

Photo:Happy Workforce building the Kingsway Cinema at their photo opportunity

Happy Workforce building the Kingsway Cinema at their photo opportunity

Alice Chafer

Photo:The Kingsway in all its Glory

The Kingsway in all its Glory

Alice Chafer

Photo:Hadleigh Kingsway Cinema Stage and Compton Organ

Hadleigh Kingsway Cinema Stage and Compton Organ

Alice Chafer

Photo:Hadleigh Kingsway Cinema 1935 interior

Hadleigh Kingsway Cinema 1935 interior

Alice Chafer

Photo:Hadleigh Kingsway Cinema Balcony

Hadleigh Kingsway Cinema Balcony

Alice Chafer

Photo:Hadleigh Kingsway Cinema Taylor Walker (looking east)

Hadleigh Kingsway Cinema Taylor Walker (looking east)

Alice Chafer

Photo:Hadleigh Kingsway Cinema (looking west along the new road)

Hadleigh Kingsway Cinema (looking west along the new road)

Alice Chafer

Photo:Hadleigh Kingsway Cinema Staff. (Ice cream sellers in white) (Double click on photo to enlarge)

Hadleigh Kingsway Cinema Staff. (Ice cream sellers in white) (Double click on photo to enlarge)

Alice Chafer

Photo:The Young Ones. Gunsmoke in Tucson. What Lola Wants. Anybody remember Randolph Turpin?

The Young Ones. Gunsmoke in Tucson. What Lola Wants. Anybody remember Randolph Turpin?

Alice Chafer

Photo:Monty (Doorman) and Miss Wing (with cigarette)

Monty (Doorman) and Miss Wing (with cigarette)

Alice Chafer

This page was added by Robert Hallmann on 12/04/2016.
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The Who played two shows at the theatre on 25th of January 1967.

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On 07/06/2016
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