Reel time shift as Georgian museum shows films again

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In THE days when York’s Fairfax House was a cinema many classic films were shown.

Now the intrigue and suspense of the silver screen is making a return in a week of themed classic cinema when thrillers and whodunits from the 1940s and 50s will be screened in a festival celebrating the museum’s former life as St George’s Cinema.

All the trappings of cinema-going during the 1950s will return including usherettes to show people to their seats and ice-creams at the interval.

Ingrid Bergman, Charles Laughton, Tyrone Power and Trevor Howard are just a handful of the names that can be seen in the event, which runs until Sunday. Screenings across the event will include Witness for the Prosecution, Laura, Double Indemnity and Gaslight.

Hannah Phillip, director of Fairfax House, said: “We are delighted to be able to explore this hidden and unusual aspect of the house’s heritage and to be opening St George’s Cinema doors once more at Fairfax House.”

Fairfax House, now a museum, is considered the finest Georgian town house in England and has been used as a gentlemen’s club, a cinema and a dance hall throughout the intervening centuries.

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