Movie Audiences

Live Shows and the Cinema: The Gypsy Baron Premieres in the New Picture House

The Gypsy Baron is an operetta by Johann Strauss II first produced in 1885. It envisions a landowner’s marriage to a gypsy girl, daughter of a Turkish bashaw, at the height of Ottoman rule in Europe. The operetta created a sensation upon release and as a result, it was continuously adapted onto the stage across the world and adapted into film more than five times in the first half of the twentieth century. The operetta enjoyed a different kind of rendition when put on by the St Andrews Amateur Operatic Society for the first time in St Andrews in 1966. The Society formed in 1939 to gather...

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Monarch News: Long Live the Cinema!

Monarch News: Long Live the Cinema!

1943: The allies capture Tripoli from the Nazis; Television Broadcasting continues to be suspended; George Harrison is born; and two St. Andrews students begin their film magazine, Monarch News!   The ambitious Monarch – a hand-made magazine – was produced from 1943-1944. Manufactured against the backdrop of war, it provides a valuable glimpse into the period from the perspective of students, prospective film critics and members of the armed forces – all rolled into one. Founded by two St Andrews Students, Rollo Mitchell and Bob Edwards, and produced in Cowdenbeath,...

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The Proper Place: Cinema going in the 1920s

The Proper Place: Cinema going in the 1920s

Two boys visit the cinema on a trip to St Andrews in the 1926 Anna Buchan novel The Proper Place.

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The Opening of The St Andrews Minors Club

The Opening of The St Andrews Minors Club

On 5 December 1964, the St Andrews Minors Club opened at the New Picture House.

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Movie Going Memories

Movie Going Memories

In an effort to learn more about the history of cinema in St Andrews – and in particular about audiences and moviegoing within the town – Cinema St Andrews has produced a questionnaire, which is available both online and through the St Andrews Preservation Trust Museum. We thought we would highlight here some of the recollections that we have collected so far, which illuminate aspects of St Andrews’ rich cinematic heritage. Many of the responses recall first experiences at the cinema, primal scenes that have left an indelible mark on the moviegoer. For Anne Morris, for instance, this...

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