Do you remember Saturday morning pictures in Suffolk?

Mayor of Felixstowe Win Knight with children from the Saturday morning cinema club in April 1976

Mayor of Felixstowe Win Knight with children from the Saturday morning cinema club and a card from the Film Foundation in April 1976 - Credit: John Kerr/Archant

Cinemas have changed massively over the years, from single screens to multiplexes.

Twins at the opening of the Twin Cinema at Bury St Edmunds in December 1971

Twins at the opening of the Twin Cinema at Bury St Edmunds in December 1971 - Credit: Archant

As film fans wait for cinemas to reopen after lockdown, today we are looking back at some of the area's much-loved venues in years gone by.

The ABC cinema in the Buttermarket, Ipswich, when the fire brigade attended during a bomb scare in August 1968

The ABC cinema in the Buttermarket, Ipswich, when the fire brigade attended during a bomb scare in August 1968. - Credit: Archant

Were you a regular at the Saturday morning pictures as a child?

Woodbridge Cinema Disc Club members celebrating the club's birthday in May 1982

Woodbridge Cinema Disc Club members celebrating the club's birthday in May 1982 - Credit: Archant

Various local cinemas not only showed films, but also had club activities for the youngsters who attended. 

Paul Glazebrook with The Epics and fans at the ABC cinema, in 1964. The Epics line up also included

Paul Glazebrook with The Epics and fans at the ABC cinema, in 1964. The Epics line up also included Dave Lingard, Pete Girling and Brian Park - Credit: Ivan Smith/Archant

The ABC in Ipswich is one of the popular cinemas featured in our Days Gone By gallery.


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Originally built as the Ritz cinema in 1937, it was in the Buttermarket and was renamed as the ABC in 1962.  It closed in 1986 and was demolished a couple of years later.

Staff at the ABC cinema in Ipswich get together as the cinema closes in 1986

Staff at the ABC cinema in Ipswich get together as the cinema closes in 1986 - Credit: David Kindred/Archant

What films did you enjoy seeing at the ABC and the other cinemas featured here?

An Easter Bonnet competition at the ABC Cinema in the Buttermarket, Ipswich in April 1965.

An Easter Bonnet competition at the ABC Cinema in the Buttermarket, Ipswich in April 1965. - Credit: Archant

If these photos bring back memories, email judy.rimmer@archant.co.uk 

You can order photos via our website or call Diane Townsend on 01603 772449.

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