Archive for the Research visits Category

September 2016 – San Jose

I have now had a week in Cupertino (near san Jose), staying with Connie and her husband Jim. Connie was an usherette during the 1950s in Milbrae. She has been telling me about her days as a cinema usherette and how much the movies influenced her life. We have also visited some amazing old cinemas, which have been lovingly restored to their former glory. The Stanford in Palo Alto is a triumph of sumptuous Art Deco, which has an organ recital prior to the start of each performance, as well as at the end. And the recently restored Los Gatos cinema in Los Gatos, is a beautiful masterpiece. The only thing missing were the usherettes…


August 2016 – Margaret Herrick library, Los Angeles

I unearthed some fascinating photos of cinema workers, usherettes and ushers, at the Margaret Herrick Library, Los Angeles last week, as well as some fantastic information about the rules and regulations that the cinema workers had to adhere to. For example, usherettes were not, under any circumstances, allowed to form relationships with co-workers. Nor were they allowed to fraternise with the male cinema audience. This clearly had little impact, as I have often been told that usherettes married male projectionists and also had many dates with the men who went to the movies! Where there is a will….