Pre-World War Two programme unearthed

The Picturedrome programme
The Picturedrome programme

A HERALD reader stumbled across a pre-Second World War programme for the Curzon Cinema and unearthed the history of an Eastbourne treasure in the process.

According to research by Sherifa Rashidally, the Curzon in Langney Road was once called the Picturedrome when it opened in the aftermath of the First World War, in 1919. The cinema was renamed Manhattan before assuming its current name.

Ms Rashidally, whose interest stems from her time working in a picturehouse in North London, said, “Though situated in Langney Road in the heart of the town centre, I wonder just how many people who pass by realise and appreciate what a historic picture house it is and of its interesting history in the cinema world.”

She found a January 14, 1935 Picturedrome Herald (cinema programme) among her mother’s film memorabilia. The front page promotes the film Jew Suss, starring Conrad Veidt and Cedric Hardwicke. Ms Rashidally added, “This cinema is surely one of Eastbourne’s historic treasures and it us for us to see that it remains as such and does not suffer the fate of so many of the old movie houses which were mercilessly turned into bingo halls or some other soulless venue. It is up to the people of Eastbourne to pay homage and to patronise this great cinema and to see it remains such a treasure.”