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The Beatles at Ipswich Gaumont
This is one Halloween night that certainly was one big scream as the Fab Four played the Ipswich Gaumont (then Regent).
Amateur film 1964 2 mins Silent
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There's no sound on this film but you can imagine the screams of the hundreds of lovelorn teens as they see the Fab Four in the flesh. One lucky ticket holder, Ipswich resident George Mack, filmed some of the concert from the stalls not only capturing the Fab Four on camera but some of the support acts including Motown singer Mary Wells and Tommy Quickly with the Remo Four. Luckily George survived the crowds with his camera and footage to provide a unique record of Beatle history.
This was quite a coup for the Ipswich Gaumont (now Regent) as although the Beatles had played there the year before they were returning at a time when they were fresh from taking America by storm and at the height of their popularity. Local media reports say it certainly was 'A Hard Day's Night' for some as the tickets priced at fifteen shillings were in great demand with people queuing overnight and round the block. Playing twice in the same evening, the Beatles well and truly earned their reported fee of 850 pounds.
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Dave Clark Five and Catch Us If You Can
News 1965 1 mins Silent Location: Bigbury
On set with The Dave Clark Five for John Boorman’s directorial debut.
1968 31 mins
The Manchester-born Monkee reflects on Britain and America in the aftermath of the shooting of Robert Kennedy.
The Flip Side
Current affairs 1964 25 mins Silent Location: Bridlington
A rave up, a ball, or just a plain old racket? The unseen side of the 1960s pop music business is revealed.
Amateur film 1977 11 mins Silent Location: Pulham Market
Pancake tossing around the village green, slow bicycle races, five-a-side football, obstacle courses, relay races, and British Bulldogs.
It's Quicker by Bus
Amateur film 1965 3 mins Silent Location: Ipswich
Hold on to your seat for this dizzying ride from Ipswich to Felixstowe, and mistreatment of a fare-dodger – clearly not company policy!
School programme and Educational film 1980 15 mins Location: Trimley St Martin
A Suffolk school class adventure into Ipswich turns out to be a road safety lesson in this light-hearted film with a Green Cross Code message.
Years of Achievement
Industry sponsored film 1961 25 mins Location: Ipswich
Company history of Ransomes, Sims and Jefferies, agricultural machinery manufacturers of Ipswich
A Century of Transport: From Horse Tram to Atlantean
School programme and Educational film 1980 18 mins Location: Ipswich
The history of horse drawn and electric trams, trolley buses and motor buses carrying passengers around Ipswich.
Long Live the King & Queen
Non-Fiction 1937 7 mins Location: Ipswich
It’s celebration time in Ipswich on the day of the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth
What's Missing from this Picture?
Advert 1946 1 mins Silent
Life is looking up! The war is over and the “Corona” Man can visit his “Corona” families once more, door-to-door.
Fun at Rhyl
Advert 1962 0 mins Location: Rhyl
Cinema advertisement for Marine Lake & Ocean Beach, Rhyl, a popular destination for crowds set on a day's fun on free rides.
Local Cinema Advertisements - Blaenau Ffestiniog and Merthyr
Advert 1942 7 mins Silent Location: Blaenau Ffestiniog
Who could deny these advertising claims: "Attractive hair is the ambition of every woman", and "Your family will enjoy Lincoln potatoes"?
Shippam's Three Beans
Advert 1955 1 mins
Operatic chickens, shrimps and salmon sing-a-long with a paste pot chorus in this vibrantly animated advert for Shippam's
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Advert 1956 2 mins Location: Market Harborough
Liberté, égalité and fraternité in corsets, girdles and bras.
Local Trader's Gazette
Advert 1930 9 mins Silent Location: East Sussex
This amazing discovery shows how cinema advertising used to look in Bygone Britain - a truly nostalgic gem of a film for lovers of Britain's past
About the archive
Richard Lester, The Beatles and A Hard Day’s Night (Q&A)
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