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I don't honestly know if this is a clever bit of design or a genuine old-fashioned shop front
on a street corner near Spitalfields Market. It could be either. As a child in Gosport, I was
always attracted by the colourful lure of the old 'Criterion' cinema ('The Cri'), but my
grandparents, who lived close by, always refused to take me there on the grounds that it
was a horrible old flea-pit. That their reluctance to indulge me made the lure even more
compelling, but when I did finally go I found they were right, and the place closed down
even before I was out of my teens. However, my first ever job was as a cinema
projectionist in another flea-pit, the Palace Continental in a run-down part of Portsmouth,
surrounded by scruffy, but genuine, old shop fronts like this one. Its enlightened
management did actually show the latest European movies from French New Wave and
Italian neo-realist films to the odd Japanese samurai film, etc sandwiched between films of a
less salubrious nature (which drew the bigger audience). I've loved world cinema ever since
and am eternally grateful to those guys who, for the most part, didn't know the value of
what they'd hired in, and wouldn't have cared as long as it fulfilled quota and stopped them
getting nicked for the other stuff. Sadly, all those old shops, and the Palace Continental, are
long gone and forgotten. Having survived the blitzkrieg of Portsmouth, they couldn't
escape the town planners.
I'm sure I'm not the only one to appreciate the sight of Donovan Bros in Spitalfields. I hope
it's a genuine 'living' piece of social and commercial history; if it's not, it's a clever piece of
design and marketing!
I don't honestly know if this is a clever bit of design or a genuine old-fashioned shop front on a
street corner near Spitalfields Market. It could be either. As a child in Gosport, I was always
attracted by the colourful lure of the old 'Criterion' cinema ('The Cri'), but my grandparents, who
lived close by, always refused to take me there on the grounds that it was a horrible old flea-pit.
That their reluctance to indulge me made the lure even more compelling, but when I did finally go
I found they were right, and the place closed down even before I was out of my teens. However,
my first ever job was as a cinema projectionist in another flea-pit, the Palace Continental in a
run-down part of Portsmouth, surrounded by scruffy, but genuine, old shop fronts like this one. Its
enlightened management did actually show the latest European movies from French New Wave
and Italian neo-realist films to the odd Japanese samurai film, etc sandwiched between films of a
less salubrious nature (which drew the bigger audience). I've loved world cinema ever since and
am eternally grateful to those guys who, for the most part, didn't know the value of what they'd
hired in, and wouldn't have cared as long as it fulfilled quota and stopped them getting nicked for
the other stuff. Sadly, all those old shops, and the Palace Continental, are long gone and
forgotten. Having survived the blitzkrieg of Portsmouth, they couldn't escape the town planners.
I'm sure I'm not the only one to appreciate the sight of Donovan Bros in Spitalfields. I hope it's a
genuine 'living' piece of social and commercial history; if it's not, it's a clever piece of design and
marketing!

In Dickens' London

Britain
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