THE CRESCENT CINEMA
& THE STAR CINEMA GROUP
ADDED 13 FEBRUARY 2006
was interesting to read of Mr. Ian Swift's childhood in Knottingley
which was featured in
the Knottingley edition of the Digest, and
a coincidence to see the photograph of his grandfather, Mr. Swift, the
commissionaire at the Crescent Cinema in Pontefract, the same month as the
cinema series started in the Pontefract edition of the Digest.
Star cinema group owned the Crescent Cinema at that time and the badge
can be seen on Mr. Swift's cap. The film advertising sheet behind him showed the
film was 'Neptunes Daughter', starring Ester Williams and Red Skelton,
an aquatic musical made in the late 1940's. The musical featured the
song 'Baby it's Cold Outside'.
Swift would not have realised it at the time, and for that matter
neither would anyone else, that these film promotion advertisements
would in the future become very collectable and sell for at least
$600-$900 a time.
film advertisement sheet for 'The Kid' with Charlie Chaplin, seen in the February
issue, went for auction at Sotherby's in 1992 at the asking price of
between $12,000-$15,000. They have certainly been worth saving.
13 February 2006
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