Wednesday, 19 Jun 2024

Pauline, 87, back working at cinema where she first got a job aged 20

A pensioner has returned to work at the same cinema she worked at nearly seven decades ago.

Pauline Allen, 87, was aged 20 when she got a job at The Central Cinema – now called The Abbeygate – in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

She met a long line of greats, from Dame Barbara Windsor to Joan Sims, Leslie Phillips and Sid James – all while serving popcorn and pulling pints.

Staff at Pauline’s care home, Glastonbury Court, heard her stories and organised for her to do one last shift as an usherette.

Pauline said: ‘Being back in the cinema brought back such wonderful memories.

‘Working at the cinema were the best days of my working life, getting to mingle and meet the stars.

‘As well as getting to watch all the latest films for free with my husband at the back of the theatre.’

Some of her tasks even included taking care of babies so their mothers could carry on watching the films.

Ana Mihai, manager at Glastonbury Court, said: ‘Pauline often talks about when she used to work as an usherette and how much she loved her job.

‘We were thrilled to help take her back to the cinema she once worked at after all these years.

‘It was wonderful to see her face light up as she entered the cinema she once worked at and to hear so many stories from her younger years working as an usherette.’

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