New County Theatre

Dean Street,
Bangor, LL57 1UR

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Iori on August 6, 2013 at 11:38 pm

More thoughts on the County Cinema, Bangor. On one side of the cinema,was walled area with an open entrance, where old 35mm film prints were often burned, and as a young boy, I’d rummaged through the charred remains in the hope of finding intact prints. I well remember finding prints of the Laurel and Hardy classic, Chumps at Oxford. Some of these stills, I mounted, and would project them onto my bedroom wall, with my much loved Chad Valley slide projector. Thus began my love of cinematography. Then, some 40 odd years later, I by chance, met the son of the cinema’s projectionist. We had many happy memories to share.

Iori on August 6, 2013 at 4:45 am

I well remember the County Cinema, Dean Street, Bangor. We lived in nearby Orme Road, and the Saturday Matinees, were a must. Some of my fellow matinee goers were a bit unruly, and every time a villain appeared,they would pelt the screen with ice cream! The county had a resident black cat, and it would often walk across the stage, during performances. Then, in my late teens, I landed a Saturday job in the projection booth, rewinding the films. The entrance to the booth was at the side of the cinema, at street level, now blocked off. Happy days!