Cinemas became a popular haven for dockworkers in the early 20th century. Inside opulent and comfortable interiors, cinemagoers enjoyed a cheap and full afternoon of entertainment aimed at all the family.
For the price of one ticket, they got to watch two films, a cartoon, a newsreel and possibly a live act. You even got free entry if it was your birthday! Audiences grew rapidly throughout the Second World War. In spite of bombing and explosions outside, the film shows continued.
John, Ivy and Doreen remember going to the cinema in Woolwich:
Cinema today is a multi-sensory experience with large screens and surround-sound technology. The local, independent cinema has almost vanished, swallowed up by the sheer size and Hollywood appeal of the multi-screen complexes with their ever-changing selection of box office hits.
Michelle is more likely to rent films on video than go to the cinema:
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