I remember going to the cinema, at the top of Bridge road, Stratford, my brother Gerald worked there for a time until he went in the Navy, to do his National Service. As children we would usually go to the cinema in West Ham Lane, by the recreation gardens, Saturday Mornings, and if we were very lucky a afternoon show! Sometime I must admit, if there was a good film showing, and Mum had given us all a penny or two, we would club it together, buy one ticket, Dan the eldest would go in, and when the lights went down, go to the fire exit and open the door, near to the toilets, to let us all in, we would have to be very careful, as not to show day light, and be caught! I am sure the ushers knew we did it, as many did it! but I don't think they bother about it, if there were empty seats, as we were never thrown out, I had seen some who were. I also remember the ushers coming round to check your ticket's, a nerve racking time! if you didn't have one, time to go to the loo!. Sometime we would sit through to the late showing, I can remember Dad coming to look for us! Things were so different after the war, I feel sure that our elders, had seen so much,and money was very tight, they just wanted us children, to have a little fun! but needed, us to be kept in check, and would throw you out from time to time.
Today! if the children would to do this, they would be in trouble I sure.