On the history trail: A century of cinemas in Pocklington

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The first cinema in Pocklington was in the Victoria Hall (where Betterton Court is now) it was on the top floor which subsequently became English’s mill.

It was owned by the builder Thomas Grant and according to family stories of Ken Durkin was started by a fairground showman called Lund or Lunt, who used to travel from town to town with his travelling shows.

The exact date of the first showing is unknown, but would be sometime after the opening of Victoria Hall in 1896 and the First World War.

The 1921 trade directory has the first mention of a cinema in Pocklington. It was in Central Hall, Peter’s Square and the proprietress was Mrs Fred Lee.

To read the full feature and for more pictures see next Thursday’s Pocklington Post (23 May).