which consists of the villages of Crich, Fritchley and Whatstandwell

Crich Picture House


photo of picture house

Crich once had its own Picture House on the Common between the 1920s and 1950s. It is now a private house.

1928 Mr J. H. Heath
1932 Mrs M. O. Broad
1941 Mr F. R. Gill

Memories from Smithy about this cinema:
Many years ago when I lived in Fritchley, a small group of us used to go to the pictures at Crich, 'The Cinema' as it was called. It was owned by Mr Gill. There was just a single auditorium – no balcony – and there were three prices, 9d  1/3d and 1/9d. My favourite films were Old Mother Riley, and Laurel and Hardy, with George Formby coming a close third. On Saturday afternoons there was a special program for us kids With films such as Our Gang and Kit Carson and Hop a long Cassidy. The usherettes had a full time job keeping us lot quiet. Sometimes it got so bad that the film stopped and the lights went on and Mr Gill came in and warned us that any more of this and we were out and no more films. This sometimes worked but then again sometimes it didn't.

Programme courtesy of Maurice Hudson
Crich cinema programme


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