ODEON Silverlink's recently opened IMAX screen is a world away from the old flea pit
cinemas of the 1970s when it was common to watch films through a haze of smoke and with your feet stuck to the floor.
There were lots of little flea pit
cinemas near where I grew up in north Manchester and I loved the movies, I loved to see circus, pantomime, variety.
Alan Simpson: "We've only ourselves to blame We've become a mini America - eating for eating's sake, no proper meal times, eating on the hoof, while out shopping, and some of us wearing a horse's nosebag, going through a week's groceries while watching the latest blockbuster at the local flea pit
Cheltenham Tourism 10,000 beds each night are filled during Festival week, ranging from five-star accommodation to the flea pit
I'm staying at.
Elvis was No1 with The Wonder Of You, M*A*S*H was showing in the local flea pit
, a pint of lager in the Bon Accord cost 20p, and the mighty Nijinsky won the Triple Crown.
Their courting, under the searchlights and barrage balloons over Birmingham, was done by going on a "monkey run" down Newtown Row, past the various shops including Asbury's the flower shop, Pillsbury's clothes and all things material, the second-hand shop, Barclays Bank, Arthur Lowe's fruit and veg, the Little Market, Gould's Tailors, Griffins fruit and veg, Blacks the clothes shop, The House That Jack Built, The Aston Hip opposite The Barton's Arms, which was opposite the flea pit
known as The Globe, up the High Street, left into Lozells Road, along to Hamstead Road, turn left down on to Soho Hill, down to Hockley Brook and left into Farm Street and then home.
Be that a student living in a dingy flea pit
or a married daughter who has children running riot or even a grown-up son who keeps dating the blonde bombshell.
FROM picture palace to flea pit
to multiplex and beyond, the history of cinema-going over the past 120 years has been anything but static.
Where I lived in Handsworth I could walk to The Albion in Holyhead Road, The Rookery in Rookery Road, The Grand, nicknamed the flea pit
because the seats were dirty, and the Elite - both these were in Soho Road, Handsworth.
well, that became the flea pit
, it was too hard to shorten Homer.
The days of the local flea pit
are long gone - now it's all comfy seats, room for popcorn and surround-sound
The flea pit
was a very apt name unlike the Astoria, Aston Cross, but then again it was two or three times more expensive.