Dobcross Silver Band: Sunday Brass Goes to the Movies at Boarshurst Band Club

Why Dobcross Silver Band offered a blockbusting programme one Sunday in Boarshurst

In a previous life, many British Meccas were shrines to the silver screen. Instead of “Clickety Click, 66…”, the dulcet tones of Humphrey Bogart, Yul Brynner, Judy Garland, and Audrey Hepburn entranced their paying punters. Back then they had names like Ritz, Empire, Roxy, Plaza, Rex, Gaumont, or Palladium. Many had an air of luxury, a world away from the front room of a typical working-class home. Some, less upmarket, had nicknames like ‘Bug Hut’; instead of tip-up seats, there would be benches at the front.

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