10th November - The People’s Cinema - a history of the Co-operative Movement - presented
by Gillian Lonergan
This delightful lecture commenced with a slide show of pictures illustrating the
early days of the Co-operative movement including the heritage of the Rochdale Pioneers.
It was explained how the Co-operative movement progressed and how shoppers could
accrue dividends when they shopped and get cinema tickets to films specially made
by the Co-operative Society and shown in the cinemas in their larger stores. The
films promoted the products and the organisation and were often comedies. We were
fortunate to be able to see a few of these films at the lecture. A most entertaining
and informative talk.