Cinema mainstay of fond memories

Ben Mainstone (Salter Point)
Ben Mainstone (Salter Point)

Reflecting on his time spent at the cinema, he remembers watching it being built in 1938 and then watching movies with his mum in the outdoor picture garden.

‘I was 11 years old when it was completed and earned pocket money, four nights a week, selling chocolates and lollies from a tray hung around my neck,’ he said.

‘There were two other boys from my class who also sold chocolates, one would be upstairs and two of us would be downstairs.’

He said that when he was younger, he would walk over with his mum and watch movies in the garden.

‘Occasionally there would be rain and everyone would be running for shelter,’ he said.

Mr Mainstone said he had still continued to watch movies at the cinema regularly.

‘As soon as there was a good show on I would come,’ he said.

When the news broke of the cinema may be closed he said he was very upset.

The cinema had a great impact on Mr Mainstone as he went on to become a projectionist at the Grand Theatre Company.

‘The Cygnet Theatre holds many happy memories for me,’ he said.