Village picture house

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The Doncaster Gazette of Friday, August 29, 1919 mentioned that it was proud to reproduce by courtesy of architect TH Johnson, Priory Place, Doncaster, a drawing showing the projected Picture House at Askern.

The cinema, occupying a site in the centre of the village, opened a little later.

It was constructed of brick and the front was finished in white Portland cement.

Its architecture was a free treatment of the Classical Renaissance style.

The Gazette added: “Fire-proof construction [was] adopted throughout, the floor being of reinforced concrete.

“Internally the Picture House will provide accommodation for from eight to nine hundred spectators, the seats both on the ground floor and the gallery sloping towards the screen so as to secure a good view for all patrons.”

Ventilation was provided by electric fans and the general equipment and appointments of the place accorded with the most up-to-date and approved cinema ideas.

“The provision for the entertainment of Askern people in their own village was first projected some years ago, but has been held up by the War,’ concluded the Gazette. “

During October 1930 the cinema was equipped with a Morrisons Sound Performance system.

Two former managers of the establishment included J Spivey and Lawrence Jones before it closed on July 18, 1964.