[Cineaste: noun. Cinema enthusiast or devotee.]
The cinema played an important part in my youth, for so many reasons.
For someone growing up in the Fifties in Georgetown, in what was then British Guiana, it was the main form, perhaps the only form of entertainment. It’s importance and impact on our culture and development cannot be overstated.
Here are some recollections of what it was like.
[Comments and similar recollections invited from readers for moderation. Subject to editing].
My memory goes back far enough that I recall the price of a ticket back in the Fifties. We were still on the Sterling currency in those days and a ticket to see a movie cost Half-a-bit, which would be four cents. A Bit was eight cents. A Bit-and-a-half was twelve cents. A shilling was the next denomination. These were all silver coins, minted obviously in the mother country—England. —Ken Puddicombe.