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Glyn cinema celebration event

Monday 2nd May 2016

A fearsome usherette, films breaking, standing to attention for the national anthem and a mad dash to the fish and chip shop are just some of the memories that have been captured for a celebration event about the former Glyn Cinema in Lostwithiel.

Lost In Film and Lostwithiel Museum recorded memories and documented items from the Glyn's history which were displayed at a special free exhibition in the Church Rooms, Lostwithiel, on Saturday 30th April and Sunday 1st May. A vintage tea rooms was run by 2 quay street alongside the exhibition on the Saturday.

Glyn cinema exhibition

More pictures of the Glyn exhibition here

Recollections about the cinema spoken by Lostwithiel people were recorded with archive images and turned into a short film which was played at a special screening on Saturday night, along with the Gracie Fields film shown on the original opening night in 1937, Queen of Hearts.

Souvenirs of the museum which locals have collected include original programmes, newspaper cuttings and glass tiles with handwritten messages and adverts.

The original idea for the event was to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the cinema's opening, but after investigation it has been established that the cinema opened in 1937 not 1936 as originally thought – making the 80th anniversary next year.

Kat Smith from Lost In Film said "We had a fantastic turn out with nearly 200 people attending the free exhibition and over 50 people attending the film screenings on Saturday night. The response was very positive and newer residents were fascinated to learn about Lostwithiel's former cinema while others enjoyed reminiscing about the Glyn."