I grew up in Stretford, living and breathing cinemas. Apparently my grandfather owned a tiny bughut in church st, off king st, where my mother and aunties worked. My brother David was the projectionist at the Drome and Longford for several yrs and was also leased out to work at the Rivoli in Chorlton and the Odeon Sale, after that he moved to a couple of cinemas in Salford, where from there he emigrated to NZ and worked in Wellingtons main cinemas. Whenever I visit Stretford I take photos of the old Longford, and post them to him. He says it breaks his heart to look at them as there were so many brilliant memories of the staff and events of that era. Please don’t let anyone rip it down it should have a listed building order slapped on it.
Christine Hartley – Italy