This project explores how Surrey and its people responded to the Great War.
In the first decades of the 20th Century new forms of entertainment in the shape of the cinema and the gramophone had become extraordinarily popular.
Cinema had developed rapidly from its birth in the 1890s to become one of the most widespread and popular forms of entertainment by the time of the outbreak of the war. The earliest film showings were short novelty items in fairgrounds and converted shops known as “penny-gaffs”. However as films became more sophisticated, with ambitious storylines and longer running times, film colonised music halls and theatres. Kelly’s Surrey Directory of 1913 lists no less than 46 cinemas in the county, a number of which had been converted from theatres and music halls.Read More