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          sometimes his younger sisters might help as usherettes while female staff looked after the ticket boxes. "!Everyone was treated
          as family" Robert Ward remembers. When  the chief projectionists weren't on duty,  Robert would also act as projectionist.
          Local children might sometimes work as ushers on Saturday afternoons.
          Another attraction for a youthful  patron commuting by train  from  Kew  were the programs:  for a young fdm enthusiast, the
          PRINCE GEORGE offered wonderful old revivals or non-mainstream films dredged up from  the forgotten vaults of obscure
          distributors.  In not much more than one brief year as  a patron  l saw  films  like Selznick's A  PORTRAIT OF JENNY, de
          Sica's haunting SHOESHINE,  Olivier's HAMLET and even the legendary silent Valentine landmark  SON OF THE! SHEIK!
          By 1960 it was all over: the cinema had gone, swept away in the aftermath of the tide of television.


          The PRINCE GEORGE started life early, as the Caledonian  Hall, built behind  the facade of shops that had been erected in
          1888 on Church Street. As already mentioned, it was linked to the street by the flagstone Janeway that emerged between the
          ground floor  businesses.  The Caledonian was apparently a  fairly basic all  purpose hall. The hall  was actually  upstairs,
          extending the full length of the building, while downstairs was a laundry. The latter was occupied by a "R. Harper".  Plans for
          the Caledonian had first been submitted on  18 April, 1888, the architect being "R. Speight Jnr"  Constmction was apparently
          complete by  12 December of 1888.

          Nineteen  twenty  ushered  in the  beginning of its  life as  a cinema.  On 20th March  work commenced on upgrading  the
          Caledonian. The planned re-opening was set for 7 July, 1920. The Grand Central Cinema was born, under the ownership of
          Mssrs Paul and Pierce.  The renovations were carried out to create, in the words of historian Weston Blake" ... an illusion of
          splendor ... Our patrons will get the best music this side of the Yarra, played by our permanent orchestra already the talk of
          Brighton ... "  was the claim of the  ftrst manager of the GRAND CENTRAL, Mr D.  Moore.  The cornversion  to a cinema
          apparently packed in as many seats as possible:  Mr Moore reported there would be 300 in the. circle, another 300 in  the back
          stalls and a further 600 in "upholstered leather tip-up seats closer to the screen"

                         Position of :  Do   t  .                      ,   Downstairs   I  1
                      CinemaScope  1   wns airs  '   Downstairs     '
                                  ..... ttRows__.__  3R   15     --:   ;.- 10 Rows  --...:
                                 :  Fixed Fonns  :   1   ows x   seats   ,   x 15 seats   •
                                                                  Lounge &

                                                                                             (9.1 metres)
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                         Extension built
                         on to original
                        Caledonian Hall
                       (Length unknown)
                                            79' 10"

                      Prince George Cinema
                      (extensions to Caledonian Hall)

                           Middle Brighton

                       Plan by    1
                       From sketch by Roger Seccombe,
                       and original plans. 15 December 1998
                                                                 Church  Street

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