On This Day 1915: Those dreadful cinemas!

The Assistant Provost Marshall’s application for Worthing to open its cinemas on Sundays to soldiers from Shoreham Camp has been turned down again. Fears include the ‘horrible suspicion that a few Tommies actually swap albums of picture post-cards and cigarette cards on Sundays!’

Local papers mocked ‘Worthy Worthing’ and this ‘mid-Victorian’ attitude to the cinema. In comparison Brighton cinemas are open on Sundays and a popular place for soldiers on leave.

Check out the full story in the Worthing Gazette:

Worthing Gazette_19170725-002

(Worthing Gazette, 25/7/1915)
West Sussex County Council Library Service www.westsussexpast.org.u

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