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1919: Cuckfield man takes over local flicks

Updated: Dec 7, 2023

The Picture Theatre, Haywards Heath - Passing into Fresh Hands

The Haywards Heath Picture Theatre, so admirably conducted by Mr HJ Shears in the interests of Mr C Sharman, is passing at the end of this week into the hands of Mr Deer, the new proprietor of the King's Head Hotel. Cuckfield. The old familiar faces will be missed, and also kindly remembered, and if the new management can go one better than the old, none will be more pleased than Mr Sharman and Mr Shears.

They have studied the public Interest, and have made the Theatre popular with both sexes of all ages. Mr Dear will have the good wishes of pleasure-seekers, and by placing before them first-rate films may also look for their hearty support. The programme presented last (Monday) night was excellent. Mary Pickford appeared in 'Stella Maris' - a play abounding in interest and with a number of delightful scenes. There was not a dull moment, and the story, now humorous, now pathetic, found favour with a large house.

Advertisement in Photoplay for Terreur, White's final film, 1924

Also capital was episode No. 2 of 'The House of Hate'. It bore the title 'The Tiger's Eye'. A camera is placed by Pearl White in the head of a tiger rag, and by means of a flash light Pearl secures the picture of the man who murdered her father and tried to kill her. When she has developed it in the dark room the Hooded Terror tries to enter, and eventually succeeds in doing so before Pearl has time to examine the negative. Here the episode ends.

For the latter end of the week 'The Moon Child' and 'When Baby Forgot' (featuring little Marie Osborne) appear in the bill. As usual, there will be a matinee on Saturday afternoon at 3.

Mid Sussex Times, 13 May 1919

Contributed by Malcolm Davison.

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