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This is where my mother an father worked, he was the projectionist and she was an usherette. My dad was born in 1919 started out when he was quite young as a bell boy whose job it was to help people out of cars and horse drawn carriages. Very few cars in those days. He worked for a company that owned or ran several picture houses in the North West, i think they were called Worsick. I think the box office was in the little alleyway at the side of the building. He worked as a projectionist at a number of Wigan’s cinemas including the County Playhouse across the street.
Around 1965 when I was 9 my friend and I went to see That Darn Cat and also the Beatles in Help. For both films there were very long queues - all down the length the Street - but that was common, especially during the school holidays. We felt very grown up out on our own, particularly watching the Beatles film. Whenever the older girls sitting nearby started screaming, we joined in, not knowing what on earth we were screaming about! I also vividly remember watching Jason and the Argonauts with an aunt when I was younger. It was a thrilling film then, and even now with all the sophisticated CGI I still enjoy the terrific "old style" special effects such as the relentless skeleton army! It was always a real treat to go to the Court Cinema, although I could seldom afford anything from the tempting sweet shop next door! It's such a shame this beautiful building was neglected and I wish you well with the renovation.
Hi first of all i am made up that this building has been saved and is being brought back to former glory, i am now 54 years of age and remember my Grandma taking me to watch films here when i was a child, built into the corner of the building was a sweet shop that was like walikng into Willie Wonkers chocolate factory this sweet shop carried on trading for some time after the Cinema closed down in the mid 70s, yesterday thursday 28th of march 2019 i was chatting in the cafe in Adsa Wigan to a friend about the Royal Court Theatre when a man said sorry to but in but he over heard us and that his name was John part of the Old Courts team he went on to invite me down to have a look around the theatre in a few weeks time pending on me sending a message to the old Courts, i am made up that i can have a look around this wonderful building Wiganers have not a clue what a Gem we have in the town. Over the years i have seen shows on tv coming from Theatres up and down the country that have the splendor of the Royal Court and thought what a shame ours is lost as i assumed at the time that the building had been gutted with the different uses its had over the years ie bingo hall night club etc to find out that the theatre is mostly intact is un real i absolutey love the giant ceiling rose and the plaster work, hope you get the funding and work can start i am really looking forward to being shown around. Regards Gary Barnes
It was the Court Cinema at the time, I must have been about 7 or 8 years old; so circa 1969; and my parents took me to see "Carry on Camping;" which had not long been released; as a special birthday treat. All was well, ( the usual "double-entendre," employed by the Carry On team, was way above my head at that age, although I could tell my father's ; to me, oddly muffled guffaws; were receiving scowls of disapproval, from my mother!) until the scene where Barbara Windsor ,has an embarrassing moment, with an ill-fitting bikini top, whilst doing her morning exercises, ...I didn't see the rest of the film as my mother escorted both my father and I from the building...just about then...with one of her "heads!!".....A much more naive and innocent age!!....Ha ha ha ha...Happy memories................
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