My name is Katharine Butchers and I am a Masters student at the University of Sheffield. I am doing a work placement at the Abbeydale Picture House and we are currently looking for people to interview about their experiences of visiting the cinema whilst it was open.
The Abbeydale Picture House recently had its lease taken over by CADS Trust, a Sheffield based arts charity which has long-term plans to renovate the building.
CADS is looking to record the experiences of anyone who remembers visiting the Abbeydale Picture House whilst it was open. The recorded interviews that we collect will be transcribed and eventually deposited in the Sheffield Archive, joining other contributions by local historians.
We’re hoping to build on the information that we already have about the Picture House; how it looked and what it was used for, both in the main screening area and in the old Billiard Hall and Ballroom (now the site of the Picture House Social Bar).
Any information we receive helps us increase our knowledge of how the cinema operated during the past, and will help with restoration and funding for work in the future.
Let me know if you require any more information. We also have some information on our webpage here: http://www.theabbeydalepicturehouse.com/the-building/#oral as well as a poster which I can send you if it is required.