Movie Audiences

What was it like to go to the movies in 1913 when The Cinema House first opened its doors? How have the composition, behaviour and experiences of audiences changed over the following century?

These articles will examine St Andrews movie audiences at particular historical junctures – the coming of sound, war – and ask what we can learn about social history through these studies.

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...

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