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Star Trek TMP because my dad wanted to see it. Obviously didn't appreciate it at the age of 3 but  it's one of my favorite trek movies which I only recognised  30 years later, there's a proper sense of mystery and otherness about  the  "alien"  causing the kerfuffle.

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16 minutes ago, Gord said:

 

Wow what an introduction to cinema - you loved it?

I was only four so I can’t honestly remember specifics 

 

i have very very clear memories of Empire two years later - queuing around the block, having toothache but still getting bought a bag of super  jelly beans, my dad snoring and me being terrified of Yoda

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Bizarrely, the first film I remember seeing at a cinema was Alien in 1979 when I would have been aged 6. We lived in Taiwan at the time and the only way to watch western films was at a cinema on the nearby American military base. The screenings were mainly for the adults but no one seemed to give a shit about us children being there as well. Different times I guess.

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Fairly certain it was Flash Gordon at the Empire Leicester Square in 1980. Was just me and my dad and I remember having a coke float for the first time. As great an experience as it was, it didn’t shut out nightmares of Peter Duncan fisting a predatory tree. 

 

The next time time I visited the same cinema, I went to see Event Horizon with my girlfriend, now-wife. It was a matinee showing in the week and we were the only people in this vast cathedral of a cinema screen. The emptiness of the screening helped to feed our uneasiness which was compounded by the scares on screen. With about 10 minutes to go, she was clutching hold of my arm. This wasn’t helped by a voice from behind us asking us how we were finding the film at a quiet moment. One of the staff had crept in and as soon as we heard his question, we both screamed. It was at that point, she worked out I was never going to be an alpha male. 

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6 hours ago, Death's Head said:

Roger Rabbit at Hammersmith cinema, now sadly a hole in the ground. Second was Home Alone at Whitelys, back when it was posh, and the third, strangely, was Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

Getting all nostalgic about the place but the Odeon in Renfield Street in Glasgow is where I saw Empire, Raiders, then years later The Doors, last I saw it’d been run down to point of being turned into flats. Such a shame as I’d love to go back just to understand the scale of it vs my memory - always a bit disappointing if a screen nowadays doesn’t feel as big, there’s one in my local which is massive and I love it, the sound just has a scale to it that makes it feel like the old place

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The first one I can remember and have memories of is Jurassic Park, I'll have been 6 at the time. My brother assures me it was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles though but I think I saw Little Mermaid and Beauty & the Beast too but JP is the first I can specifically remember. 

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I suspect it was an old Disney re-release of Robin Hood (they seemed to bung them on all the time when I was little). 

 

Although the first thing I distinctly remember watching at the cinema were Bugs Bunny cartoons in a London Cinema - which I still remember thinking was pretty awesome. My love for the wabbit has never dimmed over the years!

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1 minute ago, JoeK said:

I suspect it was an old Disney re-release of Robin Hood (they seemed to bung them on all the time when I was little). 

 

Although the first thing I distinctly remember watching at the cinema were Bugs Bunny cartoons in a London Cinema - which I still remember thinking was pretty awesome. My love for the wabbit has never dimmed over the years!

I really need to get hold of The Loony Loony Loony Bugs Bunny movie, used to have it recorded off the TV, the one where Daffy and Bugs compete on stage to win an Oswald award, just amazing 

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2 minutes ago, Gord said:

My town didn't have a cinema- would have to go to the local city for films - but we did have a travelling cinema which would set up in the local community centre. Anyone else experience that?

My town was five miles from Glasgow and had long since shut down the cinema

 

however I spent every summer on an island off the west coast working in a fairground in the arcades and there was a town hall and I’d get so wound up when they posted the films for that month, I saw so many movies there - The ABBA Movie, Superman II, Footloose, Big Trouble in Little China, Spaceballs, Best Defence

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3 minutes ago, Gord said:

 

i remember fondly that my Odeon was dark, so wonderfully dark. Modern cinemas have too much light and exit signs for my liking. 

Cineworld and Vue are the worst so I never go, Showcase only now dims lights fully when movie starts 

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Is it Ghostbusters 2?

 

It is, actually. When I was five years old. My mum took me on the train while she was pregnant with my younger brother.

 

I loved the first film and the cartoon, and I took my Egon action figure with me. This one:

 

the-real-ghostbusters---fright-features-

 

I remember being utterly terrified by the Scoleri Brothers on the huge screen in front of me, but I loved it. I don’t really understand the hate towards it, because it was such a big part of my childhood. I was too young to see them as comedy films at the time too, and enjoyed the ghosts and the slime more than anything, which it delivers by the bucketload.

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I'm not 100% sure but i think it was Labyrinth. I can't remember anything earlier and i remember how amazing the giant screen was and the excitement of something new. I seem to remember what we were seeing was a surprise too.  Loved it!

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I think it was probably the Fox and the Hound. I'd previously thought it was Disney's Robin Hood, but that was four years before I was born so I was probably mixing up my foxes.

 

I also recall seeing Return of the Jedi, E.T, Indiana Jones (but I think it was likely Temple, not Raiders) and Ghostbusters as early life cinema visits... but obviously I was a bit older then.

 

There's a good chance I saw Empire Strikes Back but I don't remember it.

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it was probably star wars, as that had the longest lasting effect. there may have been other films before that. there certainly were after that.

 

the first 5 cinemas* I ever visited are all holes in the ground now.

 

and this left a lasting impression

 

Spoiler

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(spoilered for size) imagine seeing the trailer (it was little more than a voice over, and the coin) for that, before every film, in the run up to it's cinematic release.

 

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Studio 6&7 Lewisham

Odeon Lewisham

Coronet Well Hall

Coronet Woolwich

ABC/Cannon Catford

 

Bromley's gone too. No idea if greenwich is still there. The previous two greenwich cinemas (a bingo hall and a frozen food shop called Leslies) and deptford (left to rot), when before my time.

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3 minutes ago, SeanR said:

Coronet Well Hall

 

Ha! This was my local, we lived just around the corner from it.

 

Saw some classics in there over the years. The people that ran it were all a bit dodgy looking though, you could imagine some of them having people kept hostage in a basement somewhere.

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