ABC Purley

High Street,
Purley, CR8

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DAVID STICKLAND on February 6, 2012 at 6:59 pm

I became the second projectionist at the Astoria Purley in December 1969 after being transfered from the Embassy Cinema Tenterden. Kent. Chief Projectionist Roy Roberts and myself were a team of four operators. The other two were second (Richard (Dick) Rapley) and a third operator from the Ritz Brixton. (Mr Hunter) was the manager at the time and I remember two usherettes, (Dawn Preston), and a (Mrs Marston). Somehow, I never took a liking to this cinema, and after only twelve months, left with Chief Roy Roberts to run the State Theatre Grays, Essex.

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on August 31, 2007 at 12:18 pm

Are you “THE Percy Quill” of the Bijou Kinema as played by Peter Sellers in “The Smallest Show On Earth?” One of the best flicks out of dear old England.

sparks on November 4, 2005 at 2:47 pm

I should like to point out that the site does not belong to Richard Norman. Nor are the photographs his except for the demolition pictures of the Regal.
I am the owner, and webmaster of this site. About 95% of the photographs also belong to me, including the Regal Purley. These were taken when I was the Chief projectionist.
Hugh McCullough.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 13, 2005 at 6:14 am

Thanks to Richard Norman for these two exterior views of the Astoria Cinema, Purley:

Facade in 1966:

A close up of the entrance in 1963:

More information and photographs on Richard Norman’s website here:
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