Jim said: “When Glasgow district council banned Monty Python’s the Life of Brian and another film called the Devils (by Ken Russell) people would just head for one of the Rutherglen cinemas, as it wasn’t banned there.
“It’s an interesting quirk from the time.”
Jim discovered many other quirks when writing the book, which was inspired by a friend’s claim that one Glasgow cinema showed Sam Peckinpah’s classic Western The Wild Bunch for five straight years!
Jim’s research found this wasn’t the case, but he discovered a treasure trove of other information, which resulted in the books taking shape.
And he discovered a few surprises along the way.
“Most of the top films were what you’d expect,” says Jim, who lists his favourite film of all time as Francis Ford Coppeloa’s You’re A Big Boy Now.
“But there were surprises there - the sequel to True Grit with John Wayne and Katharine Hepburn (1975’s Rooster Cogburn) just died a death at local screens, and while the James Bond film Thunderball was hugely popular in 1965, it was actually out-perfomed in Glasgow by The Man From Uncle, which were just episodes from the TV show put together!”
The huge amount of cinemas back then also meant there was a variety of different films on offer.
That also meant that Jim got to sample many different cinemas, including several in Rutherglen.
“I remember the first time I was in Rutherglen and was going up to the ABC that was on Stonelaw Road , although I can’t remember what I was actually seeing there.
“The Odeon on Main Street was always very well run, it had the look and feel of an important cinema.
“I remember having an afternoon off one day and going up there to see a double header of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush.
“It lasted so long that I went into the cinema when it was around lunch and came back out to darkness!
“The way things were then, people would finish their work and head to the pictures in the evening, but they might come in during the second half of a film.
“So they’d watch the last part of the film, then stay and watch the first film in a doubleheader, and the part of the next film they hadn’t seen earlier! “
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