Movies a gold­mine

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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.

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