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Originally published: 17th March 2020

Image courtesy of 'Igrewupinmaghull' website

This poem came 2nd = in Brian Strand's "STRAND CHOICE J" Poetry Contest and

1st = in Edward Ibeh's "THE GEM THAT SLIPPED THROUGH THE CRACKS" Poetry Contest and

1st = in Brian Strands "Your Pick" Poetry Contest.

Dedicated to what was my local cinema in the 1960s and the 1970s.


The line of people out the door. The queue that snaked around the floor. The building's sleek art deco style. The carpets' faded plush red pile. The "Coming Soon" in convex frames. The "Showing Now" and big star names. The James Bond pose in poster shots. The tickets from the kiosk slots. The heavy doors that often creaked. The seats on springs that always squeaked. The fan shaped lights along the side. The screen that stretched up high and wide. The smoke that swirled inside the beam. The shapes and sounds of Pearl And Dean. The silhouettes and where to sit. "The Motor Showroom opposite." The adverts that had overrun. The trailers for the films to come. The feature that would come on first. The sudden pangs of extreme thirst. The usherette's cool ice cream stint. The fancy names like Midnight Mint. The curtains that would move on cue. The 'X', 'AA', the 'A' and 'U'. The expectations in the place. The action of the opening chase. The talking scenes that went nowhere. The plastic cup beneath my chair. The glance at watches in poor light. The stunts and guns and final fight. The seats that sprung as credits rolled. The exit doors and night time cold.

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Date: 8/9/2021 1:20:00 PM
A night at the movies with all of its sights, smells, sounds and tastes all brought back in your delightful descriptive lines Gary! Nothing beats a Friday night flick and dinner especially with friends! Congratulations on your win!
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Gary Radice
Date: 8/9/2021 1:29:00 PM
Sam, I used to LOVE going to the cinema. Such an experience with the packed houses, giant screens and an assault on the senses. ..hey, and no mobile phones! :) Thanks for your lovely comments. Take care. Cheers - Gary
Date: 2/12/2021 12:29:00 PM
I miss going to the movies - this gave me that experience, congrats on your win, Gary :)
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Gary Radice
Date: 2/12/2021 12:38:00 PM
I do too Michelle...nothing beats the cinema. Thank you for visiting. :)
Date: 2/10/2021 7:08:00 PM
Nostalgic! So well portrayed, with each nuance emoted! Congrats on your win!
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Gary Radice
Date: 2/11/2021 1:15:00 AM
Thank you for the visit, read and comments Unseeking Seeker. The Albany sadly gave way to a discount supermarket. :(
Date: 2/10/2021 2:35:00 PM
Your eye for detail Gary, is like a photographic image only whilst reading your poem, did all those memories flood back to me, so well written, in you own inimitable lyrical style, congratulations cheers David
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David Kavanagh
Date: 2/10/2021 8:36:00 PM
We also had a flea house, apparently just before my time, they would accept 2 empty jam jars in lieu of admission fee,
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Gary Radice
Date: 2/10/2021 2:46:00 PM
David, thanks. I think if a place means so much to you then you never forget it. I loved The Albany. It may have been called 'The Flea Pit' by locals but it was a wonderful flea pit. :)
Date: 2/10/2021 1:22:00 PM
Nice to discover this gem of a poem, Gary:-) This write has an amazing cadence to it as well! Congrats for placing in my contest!
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Gary Radice
Date: 2/10/2021 1:28:00 PM
Thank you Edward ...and what an inspired idea for a competition. Cheers - Gary