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David Guest
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just like to see how many films shops we had in the uk that are no longer trading I will start with a few
Kirkham films warrington
regent films blackpool
there use to be one in westhoughton nr Bolton cant remember the name but the ownwer was ken greenhalgh he was avery good friend of my dad .I bought loads of films of him does anyone know what his shop was called

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Paul Barker
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there used to be a film hire shop.( super8 & standard8) in king street in wigan many years ago. can not remember its name though.

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Mark Todd
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There was a quite biggish one in Sunderland I believe and I think a library too run by chap called Keith.

I never went myself but sadly keith is now gone and CHC bought out the stuff still kept in his big house in the last year or two.

Best Mark.

There was also a little place/shop in Newcastle did repairs etc, I think until quite recently, you could find films etc in as well.

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Barry Attwood
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There was Quality Products in Romford, who besides releasing sport related films had a large hire library. There was also a shop in Barking called, I think, just Home Movies who sold anything that they could get there hands on (8mm wise, that is!). Lee's Cameras of Holborn (I bought his remaining stock a few years back), P.M. Films in Beaconsfield, who brought many a good movie to 8mm. Powell Films in Ascot, again released a fine range of films on 8mm. I'll have a think, I know more names, but its a case of remembering them!

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Mal Brake
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Paul, would that be Phoenix Films run by Steve Ellison?

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Rob Young.
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When I was a kid growing up in Durham in the north-east, we had "The Movie Cabin" in local Sunderland.

When I was 9 or 10, I used to save my £1.00 pocket money every week and have a visit whenever I'd saved either £16.00 for a 200 footer, or, on special occasions (and maybe with some extra birthday money), £32.50 on a 400 footer.

Happy days.

I used to recognise a guy at the Blackpool conventions many, many years later and always thought he looked a bit like the guy that ran "The Movie Cabin". For some reason, I even remembered for some reason that he was called Keith.

Anyway, one convention, I finally asked this guy, hoping he didn't think I was a complete nutter...low and behold, it was Keith from "The Movie Cabin"!!

We had a chat and he moved into VHS, made a few bob, sold the shop and bought his own cinema...

My favourite purchases from him were my Craven extension loudspeaker, my still treasured 400ft "Day of The Triffids" and a 4 x 400ft version of "Dr. Who & The Daleks" (a very special birthday treat)!

Also have a special memory of the Saturday my uncle took me to buy a 400 footer for my 11th birthday and bought me the 2 x 400ft version of Battlestar Galactica (still have that one too!)

EDIT: Mark, just read your post after typing this. Yes, he had a big rental catalogue too.

So sad to learn he is no longer with us.

Trust me, as a kid into films, the shop was like heaven and always busy on a Saturday.

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Jubillee Films (founded in 1977 hence the name) in Ashton Under Lyne close to Manchester. Cyril was the owner, just can't recall his surname right now. He expanded and moved onto selling just video in later years but his first shop was an aladdins cave of all the latest shorts, digests and features from that time.
I remember seeing full features of Grease, The Jolson Story etc etc.
A lovely little shop based on 2 floors packed with Super 8mm goodies back in its hey day!

Let's also not forget that Tom & Jerry shorts and the likes, in all the various permutations, could be found on rotating racks in quite a few high street stores back then including Dixon's.

There were of course quite a few others not mentioned here such as Pinedene in Southampton or Dane in Cornwall and Debonair which I think,were in Coventry? That's just 3 that sprung to mind.

[ April 30, 2015, 12:37 PM: Message edited by: Andrew Woodcock ]

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Dave Groves
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I remember John King films of Brighton; Portland who had a shop in New Oxford Street, London and used to advertise in national papers ; Mountain films, who had a shop (if I remember rightly) on Shaftesbury Avenue, London. There was also a shop on Cheetham Hill, Salford that sold Super 8, and Burlington Cameras in Burlington Arcade, London, who supplied Rank Aldis, and other makes of 16mm products and 'scope lenses. If we include libraries (like Ron Harris who were massive in 16mm), mobile film shows, equipment distributors like Scientific Instruments who imported Cinegel projectors and independant dealers who worked from home, we've lost a massive number of outlets (and people) supplying our needs.

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Pinedene were still going earlier this year at least, but the owner struggles with mobility etc now.

Best Mark.

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Mark sent you a new non related PM thanks. [Smile]

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David Ollerearnshaw
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Alpha Film Libary I think was one PM Films Caulder Grove wakefield Some were just dealers though. At least the film dealers were around a lot longer than the video libraries. Regents Films were also Bolton in there eealy days I think.

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Barry Attwood
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Another shop just came to mind, when we lived in Tottenham the biggest specialist cine shop was Haringey Photographics , I was looking around for a sound projector, so I went and had a look at what they had for offer. I remember this to this day, I walked into the shop, there were plenty of projectors on offer, but the manager said he had a special offer on a particular projector, would I like a demonstration, I had a look around it, it looked very modern, so I said OK. The manager got a BRAND NEW "Mighty Mouse" colour sound cartoon off the shelf, he un-wrapped it and put it through the projector, the machine seemed to work OK, I must admit I was quite impressed, the manager then said, "Would you like to see the cartoon again" to see it running again, "Yes" I said, but as soon as he turned the lamp on, I was a bit surprised by what I saw, on screen was a big GREEN SCRATCH right down the centre of the picture, and this was after only one turn through the machine. I may have been a little GREEN as a collector, but not that GREEN , and I left the shop saying I'd think about it, well I never went back. You're saying what was the projector make, well it turned out be a "CINEREX" , no wonder there was an offer on it.

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Tom Photiou
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err, without putting a damper on things its easier just to say there all gone except Phil at CHC [Big Grin] [Wink]
Assuming your talking about actual film shops and not dealers of course.

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David Ollerearnshaw
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Its a few years since I visited Pinedene. Bought my first 16mm projectornd film The Silent Partner. His building at the back seemed to be like TARDIS full of films equipment.

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Isn`t Umit still in London, small I know and lorell in Luton still do a bit and there is another camera shop does projectors and some films.

http://www.camcentre.co.uk/information.php?info_id=10

Theres also a small place in Hornsea ( mariots ) I think. Just a say hanging on.

http://www.marriottworld.com/articles/project.htm

Best Mark.

PS I know the thread is ones not still with us but nice to see which ones just about still are too.

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Oh, the biggest Super 8 shops still open, ebay!

Just kidding [Wink]

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H. Salanson & Co. Ltd Fairfax St Bristol, was a large store with plenty of window display.When I was a kid it was the place for Castle 200 footers, I purchased most of my later projectors from them, I had a DCM, DCR and still have my DCT. Saturdays were spent drooling over the goodies on display inside and outside this shop.By the way the rear entrance to Woolworth's was just a few steps from Salanson's, I remember Woolies sold an Italian sound projector and a few films in there sound and vision dept in the late 60's to early 70's.

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there use to be a shop in bradford street walsall where i use to go and they use to get the films for you they had nearly all the suppliers catalogues and they would order them for you. They use to have a basket in the corner of the shop with films in it and i loved having a rumage through it , loved them days .

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We went to Umit's the day before the BFCC and bought quite a few titles from him. He has many bargains and is certainly worth a visit,(or ,more!!)

I would like to learn more about Quality Products.What titles did they release,beside the sport films? I have a few std films from them,titles I haven't seen elsewhere.Did they survive the change to Super 8?

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Quality Products only released sport related films (mostly Football, I believe), I think they survived until the early 1980's.

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I also remember The Chiltern Screen/Clearvue Projection Company sold films as well as screens and screen material. They were in north London, 92 Stroud Green Road. All my screens have come from them, my last purchase was various end of rolls when they closed down.
Harringay Photographic 435 Green Lanes also had a good range of films and projectors in the 1970's.
In South London there was Penrose Cine in Streatham and a one I can't remember the name of in Garret Lane where I bought my first film "Easy Street".

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David Guest.
I was brought up near Westhoughton (Daisy Hill) and I dont remember a dedicated film shop as such. What year are you talking?

here was a photographers shop that I

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David Guest.
I was brought up near Westhoughton (Daisy Hill) and I dont remember a dedicated film shop as such. What year are you talking?

there was a photographers shop that I used to go in and bought a copy (black and white)of the aristocats, 200' still have it somewhere.

The shop was directly opposite the indoor market. its an italian cafe bar now.

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Mark Howard
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There was also Elizabethan Films in Farnworth and one in Ardwick. Andrew, was it Mazel? I know you used to trek there on your bike.

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Andrew Woodcock
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It was indeed Mark! Mazel Radio to give it it's full title.
It was like Steptoes yard but was also an Aladdin's cave for all things audio visual back in the day.
It was first and foremost a record shop but they always had plenty of second hand films also, in all gauges.
The shop was located on London Rd heading into Picadilly Manchester.

http://www.manchesterbeat.com/shops/mazelradio/mazelradio.php

Umit's shop in London runs in a close second place! LOL

Very well remembered Sir and long time no see ha ha [Smile] [Wink]

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