Norfolk nostalgia: A look at cinema queues through the decades

07/15/99 Fans queue outside the Majestic cinema in King's Lynn yesterday(thurs) for the first showi

Fans queue outside the Majestic cinema in King's Lynn on July 17, 1999, for the first showing of The Phantom Menace, the latest offering in the Star Wars saga. - Credit: Archant Library

After a tough 18 months for the cinema industry, No Time to Die is drawing crowds back to the big screen for Daniel Craig's final outing as James Bond.

But it is not the first time the people of Norfolk have appeared in their droves to see a new release.

Here is a look back at the times the people of our county queued up for a new film. 

Norvic Cinema

The Norvic Cinema in Prince of Wales Road opened in September 1949 and even introduced CinemaScope to Norwich in 1954 with The Robe.

The picture house was closed in autumn, 1960, and was demolished a year later.

Here you can see eager film-lovers waiting to see Bob Hope and Lucille Ball in Sorrowful Jones

Queues forming outside the Norvic Cinema on Prince of Wales Road in 1950. Photo: Norwich 1945 to 196

Queues forming outside the Norvic Cinema on Prince of Wales Road in 1950. - Credit: Norwich 1945 to 1960

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Empire Cinema

Both big hits with children, the Empire Cinema and Regent Cinema in Great Yarmouth are now closed.

The Empire Cinema, which is a Grade II listed building, stopped operating as a cinema in the late 1960s when it converted to a bingo house.

It is a now a music and street food venue.

The Regent Cinema closed in 1982 with the final film it showed being Blade Runner with Harrison Ford.

CHILDRENGREAT YARMOUTH CHILDREN OUTSIDE THE EMPIRE CINEMA.DATE 1960SPLATE P5081

Children outside the Empire Cinema in Great Yarmouth, in the 1960s. - Credit: Archant Library

Children Junior film fans in the foyer of the Regent Cinema in Great Yarmouth at their ABC Minors

Children Junior film fans in the foyer of the Regent Cinema in Great Yarmouth at their ABC Minors anniversary party, dated 1962. - Credit: Archant Library

Cannon Cinema

Here you can see people waiting outside the Cannon Cinema, where posters for Ghost starring Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze and Presumed Innocent starring Harrison Ford can be seen.

The Cannon Cinema, in Prince of Wales Road in Norwich, was previously known as the ABC and before that the Regent.

The four screen cinema was closed in 2000 and it became Mercy nightclub, which is now also closed.

Norwich Buildings -- CQueues at the Cannon Cinema, Prince of Wales Road. The Cannon was previous

Queues at the Cannon Cinema, Prince of Wales Road, on October 17 1990. - Credit: Archant Library

Norwich Buildings -- CQueues at the Cannon Cinema, Prince of Wales Road. The Cannon was previous

Queues at the Cannon Cinema, Prince of Wales Road, dated July 15, 1993. - Credit: Archant Library

Harry Potter

Harry Potter enthusiasts start to queue at the UCI Cinema for the trailer of the first ever Harry Potter movie - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

The UCI cinema became Odeon in late 2004.

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Cinema goers proudly displaying their UCI Cinema ticket for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone on October 20, 2001. - Credit: Archant Library

Harry Potter enthusiasts start to queue at the UCIcinema for the trailer of the Harry Potter movie

Harry Potter enthusiasts at the UCIcinema in 2001. - Credit: Archant Library

Alan Partridge

The Alan Partridge film Alpha Papa had its premiere in Anglia Square in Norwich.

The now closed Hollywood Cinema welcomed comedian Steve Coogan in his bright blue suit back on July 24, 2013.

Film premier of Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa at Hollywood Cinema, Anglia Square, Norwich. Photo: Steve

Film premier of Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa at Hollywood Cinema, Anglia Square, Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams - Credit: Archant


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