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Lincoln’s Cinemas in 1916

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Still from The Battle of the Somme

‘If you want to ENJOY yourself come to the CENTRAL and be HAPPY.’

 Cinema was a popular way to escape temporarily the horrors of the First World War. Home on leave in 1916, Sgt. W F Martin told The Lincoln Leader about his experiences running a cinema seven miles behind the firing line ‘ while the shells whistle over head’……’we went to Pathé’s place in Paris and bought a complete set, with which we ‘rigged up’ a ‘show’……..We specialise of course in comedies, particularly Charlie Chaplin. That is what the boys come to see. They like anything but the war.’

Lincoln’s Cinemas in 1916

In the same year, on the home front, there were three operational cinemas in Lincoln:

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