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Academic delves into the history of Loughborough’s cinemas in special podcast

American Studies lecturer, Dr Andrew Dix, has taken a look back at the history of Loughborough’s cinemas in a new video podcast.

The podcast recaptures the vivid history of the town's film-watching from the end of the nineteenth century to the present day.

Originally planned as a guided walk, Dr Dix takes the listener on an audio journey – not only to the Odeon and Cineworld that are still thriving, but to Loughborough's 'ghost cinemas'. These sites, now put to other uses, include the Victory, the Playhouse and Vint's Electric Hippodrome.

He also looks at how the community watched films before the coming of purpose-built cinemas.  

Dr Dix said: 'In my film studies work, I'm interested not only in what's on screen but, increasingly, in the places in which people watch movies – and where better to research than Loughborough itself?

“Through audio and images, I tell the story of eight locations in Loughborough where people have watched films from the 1890s to the present, including one cinema that boasted about its high-quality heating system, and another that was previously a roller-skating rink. I hope that in the podcast the town's ghost-cinemas, as well as its two current ones, come alive.”

The video podcast is available to listen to and watch here. It was commissioned by LU Arts as part of Loughborough University’s Arts Week, a programme of online talks, performances and workshops celebrating the creative community at Loughborough.