Alice started at the Kingsway Cinema in 1947 as an usherette, then she became an ice cream salesgirl and finally a personal assistant to Les Allen in the Office, typing, book-keeping, writing out programmes.
She remembers three managers: Mr. Forsythe was the first, then came Les Allen and finally Gus Keeling, who introduced wrestling, etc.
Mr. Lewis was Foreman: “We had to line up in front of him to make sure we looked proper.”
Cashiers were Lucy Gibbs and Pat King.
Projectionists were Alan Mowday and Charlie Barrell.
Monty Weldon was Doorman.
Mr. Coleman was Car Park Attendant.
And then there were the Usherettes: Stella Mitchell, Joyce and Edie Wing, Kitty Rawlingson, Pat Cooper, Freda Mowday, Mrs. Coleman, Joyce Kettering (Hill), Dot Matty, Cathy Robinson.
Staff remembered in no particular order:
Stella Mitchell (Usherette)
Alan Mowday (Projection)
Charlie Barrell (Projection)
Mr. Lewis (Foreman)
Monty Weldon (Doorman)
Joyce and Edie Wing (Usherettes)
Kitty Rawlingson (Usherette)
Pat Cooper (Usherette)
Freda Mowday (Usherette)
Mrs. Coleman (Usherette)
Lucy Gibbs (Cashier)
Pat King (Cashier)
Mr. Coleman (Car Park Attendant)
Mr. Forsythe (First Manager)
Mr. Les Allen (Manager)
Mr. Gus Keeling (next Manager – wrestling, etc.)
Joyce Kettering (Hill) (Usherette)
Dot Matty (Usherette)
Cathy Robinson (Usherette)
Upstairs at the Kingsway Cinema was a dance school led by Bob and Marion Barber.