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Blog to the Future. Part I

July 29th, 2019 by Andrew Poole

Welcome to a brand new movie blog from me, Andrew Poole, manager of the Pavilion Cinema in Galashiels.

So, why start a blog now?

The reason is simple, I want to start engaging with you all on a more personal level.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to wipe the nacho cheese from your chin or personally hand deliver tickets to your home.

But, if I can begin to update you and talk about intriguing topics coming from behind the scenes, this will allow you to get to know the man (and family) behind the cinema.

2020 is just 6 months away, and it’s an exciting year for us as the Pavilion building is 100 years old!

Can you imagine?! 100 years of screening films for the people of the Scottish Borders and beyond.

The first film shown in this cinema was Sunken Rocks starring Gerald Amer, Alma Taylor and James Carew, which opened on Tuesday 23rd June 1920.

As you can imagine, much has changed in the world of cinema since then, but what hasn’t changed is the pride that comes with delivering great movies at the doorstep of the Scottish Borders.

As we honour this year, and as we develop our plans for celebrating this milestone with you, our amazing customers, I want to open up a discussion about your experiences of the Pavilion.

For example, I am sure some of you will know the cinema hasn’t always been called the Pavilion Cinema; it started out as the Playhouse, then the Capital and then it was the Kingsway before becoming the Pavilion in 1993.

The cinema itself has a story to tell, but I’ll save that for another blog. In future posts, I’ll be asking for your stories and fond memories of your visits to the Pavilion Cinema in days…and years, gone by.


A life behind the projector

I’ll also be talking ‘film’ and ‘cinema going’ in each blog.

What you may or may not know about me is not only do I run the cinema, but I’m a huge consumer of films too.

It would be a stretch to personally call me a cinema purist, I feel much more at home watching (and talking endlessly about) the latest Marvel film than I am about the (no-doubt) high-quality films set in the world of the Ukrainian ballet.

That’s not to suggest I don’t enjoy watching something that is more indie or independent than mainstream, but I like to talk about subjects that are close to my heart.

This seems like a good time to list my 5 favourite films of all time.  In no particular order, because I genuinely can’t decide, they are:


So, in the Pavilion blog I’ll be covering all areas of cinema classics, current box office smashes, and future feel-good films. There’s something here for everyone!

History in the Making

I’d venture there will be a good amount of reminiscing about the ‘olden days’ (am I old enough to reminisce? Maybe not) as I’ve been involved in running cinemas since I was knee-high to a small box of popcorn.

My family opened our first full-time cinema in July 1981, and I was roped in to helping out from the get-go.

I was a skinny, clueless, 9-year-old lad.

Little did I know what an impact this cinema would have on my life in the future.

I may not be skinny anymore, but I am a whole lot more knowledgeable about all things film related.

I’ve been either helping out or actually running cinemas since that day, 38 years ago.  Cinema is in my blood. And I’m looking forward to sharing these experiences with you over future posts.

Coming soon…

In my next blog post I’ll take you on a journey into the living room of my father, in 1940’s wartime Preston, Lancashire.

Where he created a ‘cinema’.

No, seriously, he did exactly that.

Thanks for reading!



  1. Linda Murray

    31st July 2019 at 00:06

    Brilliant Andrew, looking forward to the next one

    • Pavilion Cinema

      31st July 2019 at 16:29

      Thanks very much Linda!

    • Sheila

      1st August 2019 at 22:28

      Cool! A million miles ahead of chain cinemas. Congrats 👍

  2. Suzy Cuthbert

    31st July 2019 at 00:38

    I love your cinema. It makes our family very happy and we go as often as possible. Your blog is really interesting, keep going!

    Maybe some special events for your centenary? Classic films? Local Hero?

    • Pavilion Cinema

      31st July 2019 at 16:29

      Thanks for the kind words Suzy!

      We have big plans for the centenary.

      Watch this space!

  3. Lorna Hanif

    31st July 2019 at 16:18

    My very 1st movie at the cinema was a Herbie one, can’t remember which one. The interval with the ice cream sellers was the highlight.

  4. Dann

    31st July 2019 at 19:40

    Thoroughly enjoyed reading this!
    I am a fan and will continue to do so.

  5. Leigh Pearson

    1st August 2019 at 22:09

    Loving the new things you are trying and always enjoy coming to the Pavilion Cinema! Looking forward to the next blog!

  6. john cunningham

    11th August 2019 at 14:42

    Loved your blog Andrew, and great choice for your top 5 films

  7. Marjorie

    12th September 2019 at 15:55

    What a great idea starting the blog leading up to the celebrations next year…. is Sunken Rocks good enough to stand another airing I wonder!

    • Pavilion Cinema

      14th September 2019 at 14:22

      Thanks for your kind comments, Marjorie. We might just look in to that!

      Cinema Manager

  8. June potts

    13th October 2019 at 17:32

    Hi Andrew my late step father was the yo ungest cinema manager in Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 at just 21 years old In the kelburn cinema in paisley but started out in the cinema in peebles I myself am trying to get our cinema opened up in Coatbridge the old abc upstairs I need help to get it looked into it held 500 was closed down because of the video when it was popular was refurbished into a snooker pool hall which moved down stairs so up stairs is vacant my local Councillor fulton mcgregor would like some help in this matter to its been part of our town centre for years and would like it to be returned I think the projection is room is still intact so would be a good start need to get inside and have a look I’m coming down to Galashiels on Wednesday night and I’ve always wanted to see inside the projection room especially into hall one used to go to the pavilion when I stayed in Galashiels for two years so if you can please reply to me and let me see how it is all done when I get down I’ll be much obliged cheers Andrew good luck on the centenary should put all three starwa films on I’m a bit huge fan even when I’m through speak soon juneweescotchpie@hotmail.com tc

    • Pavilion Cinema

      13th October 2019 at 18:25

      Thanks for the comments June.

      I’ll email you direct addressing the questions you have and with some contacts for your cinema project in Coatbridge.


      • June potts

        13th October 2019 at 22:17

        Thanks a million Andrew

  9. June potts

    21st October 2019 at 22:30

    Hi Andrew please find time to email me about the cinema project in Coatbridge who we can contact to ask for advice etc my Councillor is also wanting to be kept in contact as well cheers June keep the cinema going

    • Pavilion Cinema

      21st October 2019 at 22:38

      Hi June.

      I emailed you on Monday 14th October as promised. Could you check your spam folder in case it’s dropped in there.

      If it’s not there, please email me at info@pavilioncinema.co.uk and I’ll forward the email to the address that comes from.



  10. Pauline Currie-Whyte

    24th January 2020 at 13:39

    The blog’s a great idea.

    Local Hero gets my vote. I have the DVD, and the video version, which is quite well worn, but still not thrown out. It’s my go-to movie to remind me of places I love, and characters I’ve met. Scottish Highland life as it used to be (and maybe still is in some places 😉 ).

  11. Linda Lee

    22nd June 2020 at 23:24

    Wow loving the blog. I miss going to the cinema and can’t wait to go back once all regulations are in place for you to reopen.


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