My first memories of the Theatre Royal, are queuing to go in on a Saturday morning for the matinee’s.
I recall the thrill of waiting for the doors to open, laughing and joking with others who went each week… One of the highlights was when the alarm went off at the fire station across the way.. we’d all cheer and clap as the engines came out with lights flashing and bells ringing. Also, the ambulances coming out of their station around the corner, they were cream with dark blue wings.. they had a crest on the sides and like the fire engines a big silver bell ringing away.
Of course no visit to the cinema was complete without a visit to Nightingales Toffee shop… I can still smell that shop now in my mind and see those class jars full of every sweet imaginable.
Back to the queue, and when the doors opened we would pile in and pay our money and make our way to the seats. We’d sit there wondering what had happened to Flash Gordon or The Lone Ranger as they were in great danger at the end of lasts weeks serial.. We’d laugh at all the cartoons, my favourite was Donald Duck and Goofy.
In the school holidays a trip in the pictures was a must.. the queues for these went around the block at times.. I recall one such time when Bambi was being shown and the queens went around the corner, up Henry Street and along Onward Street.
Later in my teens all the ones I hung around with made Sunday night our picture night.. A large group of us would make our way upstairs to the front of the circle.. we still called at Nightingales until it closed its doors.
I saw some fantastic films at the Theatre Royal.. as many others from Hyde and surrounding areas did.. it was a very sad day when this picture house shut. That is sad for Hyde in itself, but then to see the building doing nothing for so long is even sadder…
We’d find it a pleasure to feature your memories and photo’s here as a tribute to the Theatre, and the building itself.
Thank you to Dave Williams for all his time and effort and skill in providing all these pictures
Forgive the length of this post but we think it is more than justified and are sure many memories will be stirred.
Look even the building looks sad
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