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Thursday, 12 September 2013

Arthur Wilde R.I.P.

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Arthur Wilde who was the projectionist at the Theatre Royal in Hyde for over 35 years and when the cinema closed down Arthur became the caretaker of the building until ill health two years ago forced him to give up the theatre all together. Arthur had worked at a lot of the cinemas in the Hyde, Denton and Ashton areas. He knew a lot about the Theatre Royal Hyde and his knowledge of local cinemas was vast.

Here are a few pictures of the man himself and the theatre and the projection room in Royal One taken from Dennis Roylance's film. 


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The picture below is from Gerald England

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Anonymous said...

He was trained by Mr. Jack Rixon who was for years the projectionist at Stanies. He told me more about the cinemas in Hyde than you could learn from any book. He lived on Higher Henry Stree until his death.

westarsteve said...

arthur wilde was a great friend and he will be sadly missed he built his own little cinema in his shed complete with 35mm portable cinema projector and seats

Gerald (SK14) said...

There's another of my photos featuring Arthur from 2010 on Hyde DP Xtra