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    Unused / unissued material - no paperwork - dates unclear or unknown.

    Title reads: "The Morden Cinema in the making."

    Morden, London.

    Shot of building site with sign which reads: "Site For The Erection of a Cinema". Pan across area where the cinema is to be built.

    Shots of area on Derby Day with crowds waiting for buses to take them to Epsom.

    Various shots of building site during the construction of the cinema. The cinema which is being built is described by the voiceover as being 'equal to any in the West End, indeed the World'. Cranes lift in the boilers for the heating. More shots of the building work underway. The voiceover gives a description of the various facilities being built into the cinema. Lots of good shots of men building. The roof is put on. Tilt up building to show sign for 'Morden Cinema'.

    The voiceover comments that the order was given by the owner Mr Yapp to speed things up. The film then speeds up to show the builders working very quickly.

    Exterior shot before the opening. Staff are gathered outside the cinema. The film to be shown is 'Looking on the Bright Side' starring Gracie Fields, released in 1932. Pan along the staff - service with a smile.

    Amendment 2011: The issue date 1932 has been added to this clip, as we believe this is the year Morden Cinema opened.

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  • Data

    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    Media URN:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Film ID:
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:00:03:00 / 01:05:57:00
    UN 79 C
    Sort Number:
    UN 0079 C
  • Appears in...

    Sport & Leisure Trade & Industry
    Old Cinematograph Fiilm LoF: The Suburbs 1920s Cinema Cinemas - US, UK, Europe 1920s-30s Cinemas
  • Stills

    0:01 0:02 0:03 0:04

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