Century of cinema
This programme is from the Clapton Rink Cinema. It says which films are being shown for the month of June 1916. The cinema was open every day from 2.30 to 11pm and the programme changed every Monday and Thursday. The films' enticing titles - The Secret Sin, A Strange Unknown - were accompanied by lively descriptions.
By 1916 cinema-going was a popular form of entertainment in London. It was especially common amongst poorer people who could buy a ticket for as little as 3d (three pence). Moving pictures at the time had no soundtrack and the Clapton Rink Cinema had a special orchestra to accompany the silent films. At other cinemas a pianist often accompanied the films.
Growth of Clapton
The opening of Clapton railway station in 1872 encouraged the growth of Clapton as a residential area. The arrival of the railway meant that people could live in Clapton and continue to work in central London. This enabled them to move from overcrowded areas of inner London out into the more spacious housing and healthier atmosphere of Clapton.
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