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Limelight Cinema

The Limelight Cinema encapsulates the ethos of the Black Country: small-scale, unpretentious, rough and ready and the work of an enthusiastic, self-taught entrepreneur.

The building was moved brick by brick from its original location at Harts Hill, Brierley Hill, where it had stood since 1921. The auditorium could seat up to 103 people on wooden benches and on eighteen padded, tip up chairs.

The projection room was kitted out with a Dreadnought Bioscope and a 1912 Ernemann Bioscope. The light source for these vintage projectors was the old fashioned method of an electric arc light. The adjacent workshop houses the two gas engines used to generate the electricity required.

Running the cinema was a family affair Mr Revil, the owner, operated the projectors assisted by his nephew, Leslie Ball. Mrs Revil sold the tuppence ha’penny and fivepenny tickets from a small wooden pay booth and their daughter Violet played records on a wind up gramophone as the musical accompaniment to the silent films.

The nostalgia of the silent movies is relived every day at the Museum with a regularly changing programme and frequent showings. Settle down on a hard bench and indulge with Charlie Chaplin, Laurel & Hardy and Harold Lloyd among many other old favourites.

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