researching the video "From the Archives", Carolyn Burnley discovered
that there were more films made of events in Reigate. It is not known
where they are now. Can you help us find them?
of the films in "From the Archives" were by Rowland Sammes,
however, we know there were more -
at Gatton in 1935 - Historical Pageant through Redhill & Reigate 1935
- Colour scenes of the decorations prepared for the Jubilee in 1935 -
at this time Rowland Sammes ran Wray Park Studios, London Road, Reigate
and the films would most probably be 16mm.
first two films in "From the Archives" were of Reigate Borough
Carnivals in 1926 and 1927. They were produced by Mr Bancroft and were
shown as a crowd puller at the Hippodrome Cinema, Reigate (now demolished,
formerly in Bell Street) - "Come to the Cinema and see yourselves
in the Movies". There were also more films produced by or for Mr
Bancroft whose wife ran the cinema. Most of the carnivals between the
1st and 2nd Worldwars were covered (some later ones by British Movietone
who have a short clip from 1938 listed in their archives). These would
most probably be on 35mm film. The Bancrofts also owned the Majestic.
film was mentioned in an old Surrey Mirror - "The Golden Ring"
showing the Reigate Pageant in 1930 (or 1932?) produced by the Mothers'
Union and shown at the Hippodrome.
Remember we can transfer your films to DVD and if you have something that may be of interest to visitors to this site we offer £20 off the transfer cost.