Reel-y good response to cinematic exhibition


Buchanhaven Heritage Society recently staged its first general exhibition for 2013 and saw large crowds enjoy the mix of photographs and artefacts on display.

Part of the event saw a number of artefacts from the former Playhouse Cinema on display, kindly donated by Sandy Garvock, manager of Deja Vu nightclub, which now owns the former cinema.

Also in attendance were former staff member Vi Stephen and well-known former Playhouse manager Eddie Sutherland who brought the artefacts to life by explaining to the crowd what some of the items were used for and the history behind the equipment.

Various items were on display ranging from the ticket machine that many will remember from behind the main counter, to the black pinboard used to advertise the films which were on that evening, to a beautiful framed picture of the cinema in its glory days.

These items, among other such artefacts, brought back many happy memories not only for Vi and Eddie, but to many who attended the event to hear all about life in the world of cinema.

Lesley Carle, society member and former staff member at the Playhouse, said: “We at the Buchanhaven Heritage Society are delighted to be able to display the cinema items kindly donated, which have already featured in a recent event.

“Together with former cinema staffs input and the public’s memories it is great to hear cinema stories being re-lived. We look forward to the cinema memorabilia being featured in our future events.”

Sand Garvock added: “For many years these pieces have been hidden away in the old cinema and now I’m glad that they can actually be seen by the public again.

“Thanks to the Buchanhaven Heritage Society they have been returned to their former glory and also the amazing picture of the cinema can be on display again.”