15 years of films at Bata cinema - 1953
Bata Cinema celebrated its fifteenth birthday, on Wednesday. No one remembers the opening night more distinctly than Tommy Lewis, the chief operator. It was while he was busy in the operating box showing the first programme to a capacity house that his daughter, Laura, was born.
During the past year the attendance at Bata Cinema was 55,624 and it is estimated that over the 15 years nearly a million people have paid for admission to the Cinema.
Mr B Shaw tells Bata Record that 37% of the total turnover goes in Entertainment Tax and the Cinema is heavily subsidised by the Company.
The box office record for the Cinema was made last year with the film “Samson and Delilah.”
It was 15 years ago last Wednesday since Bata Cinema was opened and inset is Tommy Lewis, who has been chief operator the whole time, in the operating box with his daughter, Laura, who was born while he was showing the first programme.