Siriami has sent the above film listing from Edinburgh cinemas in October,1948 – Approximately the same time period as the previous post on Winnipeg cinemas.

So interesting  to compare. The cinemas  referred to as ‘Picture Houses.’

Winnipeg and Edinburgh, markedly, did not show the same films at that same time period in 1948. The only ones  I could  find on both listings was “The Mating of Millie”, “Love Laughs At Andy Hardy” and “The Wistful Widow”.

Almost half the films are re-releases, several from a decade earlier, including Lost Horizon, Manpower, For Whom The Bell Tolls, Captain Fury, Boom Town, There Goes My Heart, Sergeant York and Marked Woman (misspelt as Married Woman).

There were more Hollywood titles than British by almost 4 to 1. The Two Mrs. Carrolls, Kiss of Death, To The Ends of the Earth, The Naked City.

British releases included Hamlet, Brief Encounter, Corridor of Mirrors, Blanche Fury, Spring in Park Lane, We Dive at Dawn, A Matter of Life and Death, This Happy Breed – some  re-releases.

Plenty to choose from!

British classifications were ‘U’ for  Universal and ‘A’ for Adult.

Would love to hear from any other country at that time in 1948.








Not to be missed – Tribal War!   Tidal Wave!    Earthquake!





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    • Only the Dominion (with more multi-screens) and the Regal (now a rebuilt Odeon) survive in Edinburgh from the above listing. There are a few newer ones that have been built more recently but none of the old picture palaces exist as cinemas.

      • Thanks for the info!

        Am I right in recalling that the Lyceum’s still functioning as a theatre? Or am I mixing up two different Lyceums? (Lycea?)

  1. A lot of the small independent houses seem to have been dependent on revivals. Of course at this time new US releases were being held back due to a punitive tax levied by Harold Wilson, then President of the Board Of Trade. When he was forced to back down the circuits were jammed with the backlog. Interesting to see Spring In Park Lane held over for a third week. In terms of the number of tickets sold It is still ranked as one of the most popular British films ever made.

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