it's on EHB not on VSB
11:50, 20 September 2020 (UTC)
Chancelwood [64, 4]
Accurate as of 16th August 2007:
You are inside Ford Cinema, its auditorium in darkness. The building has been completely ransacked, and has fallen into ruin. The doors to the street have been left wide open.
Somebody has spraypainted Join BOW: http://www.tinyurl.com/a5awe onto a wall.
The Ford Cinema (formerly the Ford Drive-A Movie Theatre) was Chancelwood's first cinema, a drive-in spanning two blocks in central Chancelwood. It's large car park, and sheltered location made it a popular location for young and old (weather permitting).
As Chancelwood grew so to did The Ford. The art of cinema was changing and the opening of two new indoor cinemas in the suburb (Hingley and Cembrowicz Cinemas) saw The Ford add two new indoor screen of it's own, in a large new building behind the Drive-A Movie Theatre. The two lavishly decorated screens aroused interest once more and The Ford Cinema remained on top.
In 1973 it's creator and sole owner (Ford Vesson; then 70, now dead) fell ill and The Ford was sold to a national conglomerate. By 1975 the drive-in was closed and half of the land had been sold (land which would become Hathway Park) to pay for more comfortable seats in the two remaining screens. The cinema was renamed 'Ford Cinema' and saw packed premieres for years to follow.
The opening of Bagehot Cinema in 1990 marked the beginning of the end for The Ford. Despite drastically cheaper popcorn, Ford Cinema could not offer the same quality of seating and in 1991, after a record low in takings that year, Ford Cinema was closed.
In 1993, after lying empty for two years, The Ford was opened as a bingo hall but failed to capture the excitement of the locals and announced foreclosure at the end of the same year.
On the 31st of October 2003, Ford Cinema was reopened for a one off screening of "The Creature From The Black Lagoon" in 3D. The feature was the first 3D film to be screened since the death of Ford Vesson and coincided with what would have been his 100th birthday.
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