Do you remember when the Queen Mother visited a Norwich cinema?
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In this day and age of home cinema systems, it may be hard to fully comprehend the allure a visit to the silver screen once had to the British public.
However, the grandiose cinemas of times gone by were the height of entertainment for the masses and royalty alike.
In 1971 Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, visited the ABC Cinema on Prince of Wales Road, in Norwich to attend the local premiere of 'The Go-Between'.
The cinema, originally named The Regent, opened in 1923 and was the last cinema built in city during the silent film era.
The 1,800 seat venue was closed in the 1990s and later reopened as Mercy nightclub in 2003.
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Historically cinemas also provided a valuable public service, especially during the Second World War.
In wartime the public relied on newsreels at the cinema for visual updates on what was happening overseas.
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It provided the nation a rare opportunity to receive the news through moving pictures.