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Recollections

Capitol Picture House

Manderston Street, Leith

 

Recollections

1.

Alan Sinclair

British Columbia, Canada

Alan writes

Railway Line

"The Capitol Picture House in Manderston Street, Leith, must have be one of the few, if not the only one, having a railway line pass right over it.

Thinking back to the 1940s, I'm sure we could hear the rumble as the train passed over.

I hope others can remember this."

Alan Sinclair, Squamish, British Columbia, Canada:  January 10, 2008

   

Recollections

2.

George Clydesdale

Edinburgh

George Clydesdale wrote:

The Capi Club

"Does anyone remember the 'Capi Club' on a Sunday in The Capitol Cinema, with all the talent and fashion shows?

George Clydesdale, Edinburgh:  Message left in EdinPhoto guestbook:  August 15, 2008.

  

Recollections

3.

Lily Burke (née Cavanagh)

Thetford, Norfolk, England

Thank you to Lily Burke for replying to George Clydesdale's comments above.

Lily wrote:

The Capi Club

"I remember the Capi Club at Manderston Street Leith, George Clydesdale was writing about in August 2008."

Danny Kay Impersonator

"I wonder if George  remembers the guy who impersonated Danny Kay he was great  I can't remember the guy's name  but will always remember him singing 'Ball-in The Jack'.  He had the whole of the Capi Club singing with him, and then he got encores.  The audience would not let him off the stage.

I also remember  the singing competitions.  A few of my friends, myself and my cousin aired our lungs  on the Capi stageI think my cousin, Harry, won first prize.  He was a really good singer but, sadly, he passed away in Adelaide, Australia many years ago.

I hope there are more Capi members out there  who can remember that guy.  He even looked like Danny Kay."

George Clydesdale, Edinburgh:  Message left in EdinPhoto guestbook:  August 15, 2008.

Recollections

4.

Frank Ferri

Leith, Edinburgh

Thank you to Frank Ferri who wrote:

The Capi Club

Birthdays

"The Capi Club was the Saturday morning kids' cinema matinee, with its own song that the kids sang.  On their birthday, each child received a card giving them free admission.

Talent Contests

"I remember the  talent contests of the very early 1950s well.  They were called the Sunday Capi Concerts.  They had a mixture of professional talent, anything from conjurers to ventriloquists, with a spot for local amateur singers.

I don't recall the Danny Kay impersonator, but I do remember two well known regular competitors.  They were:

my late brother-in-law, Johnny Walker of the Lochend area

Jimmy Minto from the Corporation Buildings Leith.  He is still with us, now in his late 70s.

They did songs by popular singers of the day, Mario Lanza, Billy Eckstein, Frankie Lane, Johnny Ray,  Eddie Fisher etc

Sundays

"These were the austere days when all cinemas were closed on a Sunday and there was literally no entertainment anywhere other than The Capitol, and perhaps something similar happening at the Regent cinema at Abbeyhill."

Frank Ferri, Leith, Edinburgh: February 22, 2011

Recollections

5.

James A Rafferty

Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland

Thank you to James A Rafferty who for allowing me to reproduce this Gaumont British Program for 1935.  It lists films being shown at two of the Gaumont British cinemas:

-  The Capitol, Leith

-  The Regent, Edinburgh.

James wrote:

British Gaumont

"I noticed a few postings about the Leith Capitol Picture House recently, and thought that some of the EdinPhoto visitors might like to see this old program from 1935."

   Gaumont British Cinema Program, 1935 - Cover ©

   British Gaumont Cinemas - Programmes for Leith Capitol and for Regent cinemas, 1935 ©

James A Rafferty, Falkirk Stirlingshire, Scotland: November 30, 2011

Recollections

6.

John Fraser

Inch, Edinburgh

Thank you to John Fraser who wrote:

Manderston Street

"I was born at 27 Manderston Street, Leith, in 1935, straight across the road from the Capitol Cinema.

The EdinPhoto web site has a photo of Manderston Street, but it's a recent photo. 

Looking to the east along Manderston Street, Leith - 2011 ©

Perhaps someone, somewhere will have a photo showing the old houses in the street."

Cinema Queue

I went to the Capitol Cinema with my sister, Sadie, to see 'Snowhite and the Seven Dwarfs'.

The Queue went from the cinema to Thorntree Street, then out to Easter Road.  My sister said  we had plenty time, but we ended up at Thorntree Street.

Maybe some of my generation will remember some of the stories that were used to get to the front of the queue:

'Oh, look. There’s that girl from school that I owe thruppence to, twenty feet up the line.'

or

'Look, there’s Doreen Sadler, my mum’s friend’s daughter, who lived in Glover street in the stair next to the ‘High Wall’ (Leith Central Station)'."

John Fraser, Inch, Edinburgh:  April 7, 2013

Recollections

6.

John Fraser

Inch, Edinburgh

Thank you to John Fraser who wrote:

Manderston Street

"I was born at 27 Manderston Street, Leith, in 1935, straight across the road from the Capitol Cinema.

The EdinPhoto web site has a photo of Manderston Street, but it's a recent photo. 

Looking to the east along Manderston Street, Leith - 2011 ©

Perhaps someone, somewhere will have a photo showing the old houses in the street."

Cinema Queue

I went to the Capitol Cinema with my sister, Sadie, to see 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs'.

The Queue went from the cinema to Thorntree Street, then out to Easter Road.  My sister said  we had plenty time, but we ended up at Thorntree Street.

Maybe some of my generation will remember some of the stories that were used to get to the front of the queue:

'Oh, look. There’s that girl from school that I owe thruppence to, twenty feet up the line.'

or

'Look, there’s Doreen Sadler, my mum’s friend’s daughter, who lived in Glover street in the stair next to the ‘High Wall’ (Leith Central Station)'."

John Fraser, Inch, Edinburgh:  April 7, 2013

Recollections

7.

Frank Campbell

Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland

Thank you to Frank Campbell who wrote:

Saturday Matinees

"During the 1950s and 1960s my mum, Sheila Campbell worked in the office at The Capitol with Ella Clayson.  The manager was Mr Newman.

I used to go to the Saturday matinees before visiting my grandparents in Jamieson Place."

Saturday Matinees

"There used to be a model club run by Jack Finlay and Jim Rae (Jack and I were subsequently in the TA together and Jim joined the Navy ,later going on to become a Fireman)

The club met at The Capitol during the evening and I attended for a while, but the best benefit I got was that I was able to get in to see the films free as my mum worked there."

Films and Talent Competitions

"I've lost count of the number of films I saw there, but I remember fondly the musicals and cowboy films of the time.

I also remember the talent competitions and the late Jackie Dennis getting made up as Al Jolson and winning with his rendition of 'Mammy'! "

The Organ

"On Sundays my mum played the organ at the concerts in The Capitol and the Regent."

Frank Campbell, Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland:  13 December

 

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Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photographers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.

 

A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere     Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

  Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Links to Dumbiedykes pages  Link to Granton pages  Link to Leith pages   Link to Newhaven pages   Links to Portobello pages   Link to My Recent Talks