Movies a goldmine
A piece of Porirua film history has been added to Time Cinema, a home-picture theatre in Lyall Bay.
After John Bell’s nostalgic movie room set up in his shed was featured in KapiMana News last week, Titahi Bay film enthusiast Gordon Lee informed us he recently gifted Time Cinema two 16 millimetre projectors.
These had previously been used by the Boys Brigade in the 1970s and 1980s. They were used to screen movies in Titahi Bay and Porirua East as fundraisers for the brigade.
‘‘The brigade was on a goldmine operation as each winter, with no other movie business in Porirua City, kids in their hundreds would go to Titahi Bay Intermediate or Tairangi schools on a Friday or Saturday night or Saturday matinees,’’ recalls Mr Lee.
‘‘The most popular were the double feature kung fu movies, especially in [Porirua] East.’’
In the days of community cinema, Mr Lee says parents would be rostered to sell tickets, man the canteen and scrape the chewing gum off the floor.
Circulars were delivered to letter boxes and each week this newspaper would advertise the coming attractions, he says.
During the May and August school holidays, films were screened every day.
Mr Lee says he has been invited by Mr Bell to assist him in the projection box for an upcoming Time Cinema screening.