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Norfolk at the Pictures

Did you know there used to be a cinema where Topshop is now in Norwich city centre? Or that Norwich’s very first purpose built cinema was built in 1912 on Magdalen Street and demolished in the 1960s?

Norfolk at the Pictures is a heritage project developed by Cinemaplus at Cinema City that aims to capture people’s memories from the Golden Age of Cinema and Cinema going in Norwich and create a Screen Heritage centre at Cinema City.

As part of the project graphic designer Nick Stone has created a series of “Cinema Ghosts” along the same lines as his series of Blitz Ghost photos of Norwich during the Blitz. The photos superimpose old photographs of Norwich cinemas onto the present day landscape. Some are now in different use, others have disappeared completely. You can see the full set on Flickr.


Today we take going to the cinema a little for granted. It’s expensive, but at big out of town multiplexes has lost a little of it’s magic. Back in the early days of film Cinemas were often grand palaces. Ornate art deco buildings, the insides decorated in red velvet and gilt. The Norfolk at the Pictures project is encouraging people to share their experiences of going to these cinemas, their memories of what they were like and what films they saw. These cinemas saw first dates that became marriages, saturday morning children’s matinees and a whole host of other memories it would be a shame to lose forever.

The lottery funded project runs day courses for adults on Cinema and throughout 2013 will run a series of pilot evenings and special screenings.

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The first special event is this Saturday at 11am, which is a chance to find out a bit more about the project. There will be presentations from the East Anglian Film Archive and Norfolk Record Office and a special screening of archive films as well as the chance to see more of Nick Stone’s Cinema Ghosts on the big screen. The event is free, but you should contact marc@cinemaplus.org.uk to book a place.

You can find out more about Norfolk at the Pictures on their website or Facebook page


FILM: All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

Cinema City, Norwich

11th November 5pm

1930, 138 mins

Based on Erich Maria Remarque’s pacifist novel, ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT is renowned as the classic anti-war movie.

The harrowing story concerns a group of idealistic young German friends who join the army during World War I and are assigned to the Western Front.

Amidst scenes of relentless horror, carnage and disregard for human life, their patriotism is quickly turned to horror and misery.

Milestone pioneered the use of the sweeping crane shot to capture a ghastly battlefield panorama of death and mud, and the cast (particularly Ayres) is terrific.

The final image of a doomed soldier reaching for a butterfly is one of cinema’s most memorable and iconic images.

The film – re-made in 1980 – won Oscars for Best Picture and for Milestone’s direction and is released in a gloriously restored new print by the British Film Institute.


FILM: The Lady Vanishes (1938)

Cinema City, Norwich

16th September 5pm

The film that brought Hitchcock to Hollywood’s attention, THE LADY VANISHES is a masterful comedy-thriller that for many ranks among the director’s very finest works.

The film centres on Iris Henderson (Lockwood), who becomes acquainted with a kindly old lady, Miss Froy, while travelling home to England on a train across Europe.

When Iris awakens from a nap, Miss Froy has vanished, replaced by someone else in her clothing.

Iris talks to the other passengers, a bizarre collection of eccentrics who all think that she is crazy for insisting on there even having been a Miss Froy – everyone denies having seen her.

But Iris refuses to give up, and joins forces with a young British man (Redgrave) to solve the mystery.

As fresh and funny now as it was on release, THE LADY VANISHES is sheer visual pleasure.


Vintage Shopping : Shade of Pale


Magdalen Street has become a bit of  ‘must go to’ destination in Norwich. One of the newest additions is the shop Shade of Pale (near Lloyds TSB bank) which opened in April 2012. Owner Bren Tuttle is no rookie on the vintage scene, having sold at Aladdin’s cave both in the shop itself and at the Saturday fleamarket.

With a lovely big shop front, walking past is a bit like walking by a sweet  shop, with lots of things to draw the eye. The shop itself has several sellers, which makes for an eclectic mix of china, furniture and collectables.


The shop was full browsers and shoppers, and with treasures dotted everywhere it’s a great place to look for inspiration for your home. The great thing about a vintage inspired home is that you can create something eclectic or stick to a decade, use an array of vintage items or just dot a few items like an old camera on a bookshelf or something pretty on your dressing table to add interest. However you choose to style your home, buying vintage items adds a uniqueness that’s special.


Anyone looking to recreate a kitchen like your gran had, or build a dinner service that’s either for everyday or a special occasion should take a look in this shop. The great thing about shops like this, is that you never know what you’ll find and sometimes that’s something that you didn’t even know you wanted! It’s always fun to see how people react to items that bring back a memory for them too. One shopper picked up some bowls then  recalled to her friend how her mum used to have these same bowls and how they were brought out at Christmas for the prawn cocktails, another shopper cooed at some vintage Sindy and Barbie furniture.



As well all these lovely items from the past, Bren is also a supporter of local designers too. Displayed in one of the several cabinets was a collection bangles and necklaces which had been cleverly created by up-cycling cutlery. All created by Tom Green of Filby Fayre Creative Crafts, like many things in this shop, these really would make a great gift.


This shop is a fabulous little gem, it’s one to put on your list of shops to explore if you haven’t already. You can find Shade of Pale at 67-69 Magdalen Street. The opening hours are Tues-Fri 10:30am-4pm and Sat 10am-4pm.

Visit the Shade of Pale Facebook page