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.
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!