Cinema can evoke powerful memories, freeze framing moments in our lives and dropping us back into a time, a place or social situation. These memories can provide a rich source of historical and cultural information. They are fun to read too!
We are collecting your cinema memories. If you have any memories of going to the ‘Pictures’ in Upper Norwood then please do leave a reply below and we will share them on our Cinema memories page over the coming months.
We’ve started to go through our old website and here are some of the memories of the cinemas on Church Road ( in their various incarnations) which we have collated so far. More to come, and if you would like to know a little about the cinemas in the area back in the day, check out out Jerry Green’s post The Silver Screens of Crystal Palace in our Community Blog.
“I used to go to Saturday morning cinema here as a child and we would sit upstairs, you could throw your popcorn at the other kids very successfully from up high !!!!! When it was Granada bingo it would get quite busy and all the downstairs tables were taken so you would have to go to the seats upstairs and shout really loud if your numbers came up !” Jackie Rogers, 17 January 2010
“When I was a boy brought up and living in South Norwood between 1927 and 1951, there were two cinemas near the Crystal Palace, both in Church Road. They were next door to each other, the Rialto and the Albany. We used to go up there quite often via the Robin Hood, first by tram, and then by trolley bus.” Charles WJ, 13 September 2010
“I can remember when this cinema and what became a car show rooms were both going. I saw my first two X films at this cinema (underage) but they were only House of Wax and Phantom of the Rue Morgue I am sure Doctor Who is more scary.” David Rayfield, 22 September 2010
“I left England in the 70′s as a teen, having been born & bred in Crystal Palace & one of my fondest memories as a child was Saturday morning pictures at the Granada (I think it was then)! We bought bubble gum from the machine outside the news agent and sucked on frozen Jubilees – I remember the naughty boys in the back used to lob their half-melted jubilees into the midst of the other kids right in the part where the film got quiet! I came home for my 1st visit in 2009 and will definitely be back just to see a film in the old place! My heart is with 25 Church Road! Good luck in your endeavour.” Karen Ramsey (Stone), 5 February 2011
“I was born, raised and lived in Crystal Palace all of my life. When I was a child I used to go to the Saturday Matinee for kids every week and it was a haven for us children.” Doni, 7 August 2012