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posted Apr 5, 2016, 9:35 AM by Lostwithiel Museum   [ updated Apr 5, 2016, 9:44 AM ]


The current window display cleverly links significant events that were going on at the time when Lostwithiel's Glyn Cinema opened in 1936 & closed in 1960. For some of you, these events including visits to the cinema, may trigger special memories of that period. If you'd like to share these memories, please either contact Amanda Davidge on : 01208 872962 / 07513505443   (or email via our website) or contact Kat Smith on 01208 873242 / 07876516191 or via  

On the 30th April we plan to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the Glyn Cinema. Watch out for the forthcoming advertising around the town & in the press. What's on offer will include the screening of the first film shown at the Glyn, Queen of Hearts starring Gracie Fields, supplied by Lostinfilm, plus an exhibition in a 1930's-themed vintage tearoom. What a lovely trip down memory lane this promises to be.

When it opened in 1936 the Glyn Cinema was owned by Henry Maitland Williams with 495 seats [one of which is on display in the Museum], reduced to 328 seats in the 1940's. After the cinema closed in April 1960 Mr Williams became a senior scientific assistant at the Dounreay atomic energy establishment in Scotland. He didn't sell the cinema, although there were plans to convert it into a bingo hall or cabaret club. During the 1970's he designed & built a flat within the cinema shell which he & his wife [ who'd worked in the box office for many years]retired to in 1977, & where they lived until his death in 1994. Our thanks to Kat Smith & Lostinfilm for their vital part in this collaborative anniversary celebration.

(Click on poster image for larger view)