Ipswich: Reels are on the bus as mobile cinema rolls into town

The cinema bus in Lloyds Avenue

The cinema bus in Lloyds Avenue - Credit: Archant

Ipswich has seen many different buses in the past but this 22-seater is something altogether different – it doubles up as a cinema!

Unique moving images of the town from the 1920s were shown as part of project to take history on the road to a wide audience.

Norwich Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust took the bus to 17 locations across Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire.

The borough worked with the Ipswich Film Theatre Trust to bring the bus to the town so communities could have first-hand experience of the footage.

Residents from the council’s sheltered schemes visited the bus in Lloyd’s Avenue to enjoy some rare archive footage.

Pearl Munroe, 90, said: “I came to Ipswich in 1956, it’s a beautiful town and it was so moving to see the footage.”

The short films involved images of the Suffolk Show held in Christchurch Park in 1926 and many more memories.

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But the bus was the star – Edna Smith and Christine Sullivan remembered similar buses coming to Chantry Park in the 1960s for various fun days.

Christine said: “It was a really special experience getting on board, it took me back to my past without even seeing the film and the film just added to the experience. I’m so glad I came today, it was a really interesting and lovely thing to do.”

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