210: Cinema in the 1950’s with Tony

Back in episode 57 (that’s all the way back to 2019, remember that time, the happy, pre Covid days?), we spoke to regular film goer Dingle about going to the cinema during the 1940’s.

In this episode we speak to another regular cinema goer, Tony, who tells us what life was like in British cinemas during the 1950’s. On this fascinating trip down memory lane, you will learn

At the Flicks · 210: Cinema in the 1950’s with Tony
  • How many cinemas Tony could choose from in his local town
  • All about double bills and newsreels
  • The unexpected impact of smoking in cinemas
  • How much it cost for a trip to the cinema
  • Tony’s favourite films of the period
  • Where you could go to watch foreign language movies in the 1950’s

As an added bonus, Tony tells us about attending the cinema during World War II as a child, as well as a fascinating perspective on the American forces in his town just before D Day.

A genuine trip down memory lane. We hope you find it as informative as we did. It was a real honour and a privilege to talk to Tony.

See you next time or At The Flicks.


The Lady Killers

The Good the Bad and the Ugly

The Longest Day

Carry On Up the Khyber (1968)

Film List

Below is a list of all the films and TV Shows referenced in this Podcast.

  • 1917
  • A Fistful Of Dollars
  • Battle Of Britain
  • Ben Hur (1958)
  • Big
  • Bridge Of Spies
  • Carry On Dick
  • Carry On Nurse
  • Carry On Sergeant
  • Carry On Up The Khyber 
  • Destination Moon
  • Dixon Of Dock Green (TV)
  • Dr No 
  • Dunkirk (1958)
  • Dunkirk (2017)
  • Forbidden Planet
  • Force 10 From Navarone
  • High Noon 
  • Ice Cold In Alex
  • I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue (radio)
  • Kes
  • Look Back In Anger
  • Malta Story
  • No Time To Die
  • Oh What A Lovely War
  • Passport To Pimlico
  • Rio Bravo
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • Seven Samurai
  • Tarzan
  • The Blue Lamp
  • The Bridge On The River Kwai
  • The Colditz Story
  • The Dambusters
  • The Day The Earth Stood Still (1950)
  • The Glenn Miller Story
  • The Good The Bad And The Ugly
  • The Guns Of Navarone
  • The Ladykillers (1955)
  • The Longest Day
  • The Robe
  • The Searchers 
  • The Tender Trap
  • The Thing From Another World
  • The Vikings
  • This Sporting Life
  • Three Men In A Boat (1955)
  • Thunderball
  • Tora Tora Tora
  • Von Ryan’s Express