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Offline Rascal

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The Empire
« on: Tuesday 08 August 2017, 0944 »
When I were a lad, you could go to the cinema in Holyhead, watch a film whilst sitting in litter, being bitten by fleas,
viewing through a blanket of smoke that was enough to set the fog horn off, come out of there stinking of fags, have a throat as sore as if you had been sword swallowing with a file, and be frightened of the bloke that ran the place that my dad didn't trust so used to go with me. Then there was the choice of upstairs or downstairs, the upper tier being more expensive.

All that changed in the 80s when it closed down. The nearest cinema then was Bangor until that closed down and then it was Llandudno.

Now it has reopened and how things have changed. the staff are good, the place is clean, there is only the upstairs as far as I can tell, the screen is smaller (or I was smaller back then and it just seemed bigger). 

RB and her dad went to see Spiderman Homecoming there.

I thoroughly recommend supporting this cinema.  Well done to the town council for getting it up and running and keeping such good standards.
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Re: The Empire
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 08 August 2017, 2314 »
I've been there twice - which isnt bad to say I dont live anywhere near.

Ist time I went with my Dad, Uncle, sister and cousin to see a Morecombe and Wise film. Must've been around 1970. Can't remember much about the film, except one of them ended up getting married, and the other was the best man, but even Morcambe and Wise couldn't remember which was which, so I stood no chance.

Second time was with Jacko to see Revenge of the Sith.
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Re: The Empire
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 09 August 2017, 0814 »
You went to the pics with Michael Jackson? As long as he didn't make you watch Moonwalker or whatever it was.
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Re: The Empire
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 09 August 2017, 1023 »
I went to see that Moonwalker film in the Empire when the film was first released, what a pile of horse dung that film is. What's worse was I was meant to meet a young lady friend there and I got stood up. Rather than just going home, I thought, heck to it I'm not missing out. After the film I wish that I had saved my money and gone straight home.
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Re: The Empire
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday 09 August 2017, 1646 »
When I were a lad there were three cinemas in Holyhead - The Empire (0f course), The Hippodrome (mainly 'B' movies + supporting shorts such as Three Stoogies), and (from some time in the pre-TV mid fifties) The Cybi Hall  showing not so golden oldies and second-runs plus serials such as Flash Gordon and one where the hero wore a mask and shiny silk shirts and rode a Harley Davidson.

The first movie I have any recollection of is Captain's Corageous in which snooty child star Fredddie Bartholemew falls off a sailing ship and is rescued and shown the meaning of life by salty rough hewn Spencer Tracy.

In those days The Empire had a "door-man" functionary complete with wine red uniform with golden trimmings to keep the seething queue in order. As I recall his name was Mr Coffee.

You just don't get that kind of experience these days.
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Re: The Empire
« Reply #5 on: Wednesday 09 August 2017, 1747 »
That's progress, that is.
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Re: The Empire
« Reply #6 on: Thursday 10 August 2017, 0119 »
Tref, my mam and dad were talking about the three cinemas in town, that's what lead to this thread.
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Re: The Empire
« Reply #7 on: Thursday 10 August 2017, 0939 »
Perhaps somebody should set up a big drive-in movie for Holyhead - with realistic effects included.

Possible venues:
The Range - for Army Action movies. 
Tesco Car Park - Family movies - Stalls and circle priced separately
Newry Beach - for Titanic and other seafaring movies where everybody ends up getting wet.
Breakwater Park - for movies like 1000BC, Planet of the Apes and Flintstones.
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Re: The Empire
« Reply #8 on: Friday 11 August 2017, 0149 »
A remake of point break could be shown in trearddur bay
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Re: The Empire
« Reply #9 on: Friday 11 August 2017, 2015 »
one where the hero wore a mask and shiny silk shirts and rode a Harley Davidson.

That sounds more like the Lone Ranger.

But he rode a horse called Silver, not a Harley Davidson ...

And his faithful sidekick was of course Tonto ...  not to be confused with Tinto, I suppose ...

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Re: The Empire
« Reply #10 on: Saturday 19 August 2017, 0123 »
Again I was chatting with someone from HH and they said about the three picture houses.  His dad took him to see Zulu when it came out and he was only about six years old, (not his dad) the part in the film where the soldiers are waiting to fire and the Zulus are advancing, the order is something like, wait for it.  My friend said he stood up and shouted, shoot them.
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Re: The Empire
« Reply #11 on: Sunday 20 August 2017, 1416 »
Apparently, the depiction of violence sometimes led to trouble breaking out in cinemas where "Zulu" was showing ...

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« Reply #12 on: Sunday 20 August 2017, 2132 »
I remember queuing up to watch Titanic in 1997 and feeling outraged when someone spoilt the surprise by telling me what happens at the end of the film - that the boat sinks.

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Re: The Empire
« Reply #13 on: Monday 21 August 2017, 1453 »
Zulu Dawn= Men of Harlech <3

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.

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Re: The Empire
« Reply #14 on: Monday 21 August 2017, 2242 »
It may be a good idea to read a review of a film first, I went to see The Dark Tower this evening
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« Reply #15 on: Friday 25 August 2017, 1258 »
I remember queuing up to watch Titanic in 1997 and feeling outraged when someone spoilt the surprise by telling me what happens at the end of the film - that the boat sinks.

Did you manage to make it to the lifeboats Baz?
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« Reply #16 on: Sunday 27 August 2017, 1236 »
I remember queuing up to watch Titanic in 1997 and feeling outraged when someone spoilt the surprise by telling me what happens at the end of the film - that the boat sinks.

Did you manage to make it to the lifeboats Baz?

Just about Tref. I felt sorry for my son who was suffering from acne - tickets were 5 per head so they charged him 2000 to get in.

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Re: The Empire
« Reply #17 on: Sunday 27 August 2017, 1841 »
When the new Blade runner film comes out, I am going to book a ticket for Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur and the Fri of that week to see it each night
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Re: The Empire
« Reply #18 on: Thursday 31 August 2017, 1920 »
I remember queuing up to watch Titanic in 1997 and feeling outraged when someone spoilt the surprise by telling me what happens at the end of the film - that the boat sinks.

Did you manage to make it to the lifeboats Baz?

Just about Tref. I felt sorry for my son who was suffering from acne - tickets were 5 per head so they charged him 2000 to get in.


Have you got any old jokes?
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« Reply #19 on: Thursday 31 August 2017, 2201 »
Have you got any old jokes?

No only new ones, like the one about the Chinaman on the building site

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Re: The Empire
« Reply #20 on: Thursday 31 August 2017, 2300 »
Not...not the one about "supplies"...oh! no...no p l e a s e.
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Re: The Empire
« Reply #21 on: Thursday 14 September 2017, 0933 »
I can't wait until the new Blade Runner film comes out, I am going to watch it 5 times in the cinema
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« Reply #22 on: Thursday 14 September 2017, 1917 »
Nobody has mentioned the Ucheldre Centre, which is also a cinema and have screened an impressive programme of films.

Rasc - I think they should run Bladerunner 1 & 2 b2b at the cinema, but I don't like the producer's cut, I much prefer the original version.  You?

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« Reply #23 on: Friday 15 September 2017, 1404 »
[Off topic] I read somewhere that there are five versions of Blade Runner in circulation!
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