Kath Hart from Carroll Gardens, Nottingham, has shared with us the unusual story of her birth... which took place in a cinema in the middle of a film!
In 1938 Kath’s mum was out for the night at the Bulwell Palace Cinema near Nottingham with her sister, when suddenly she unexpectedly went into labour. The film was stopped and several kind ladies who were there helped out. The ambulance was called, but Kath was in such a hurry to make her entrance into the world, she was born before they arrived – a healthy 10lb bouncing baby!
Despite the strange circumstances of the birth, both mother and baby were fine, and rested up in hospital for a week.
Kath said: “I’m not sure exactly what film was playing. My mum always said it was Gone with the Wind, but that didn’t come out until 1939! But whatever the film was, she certainly didn’t see the end of it!"
Later, as a teenager, Kath used to visit the Bulwell Palace Cinema and place of her birth.
The Picture Palace was opened on 11 December 1911 as a cine-variety house. In 1930 a Picturetone sound system was installed and it was re-named Palace Cinema. The cinema was closed in the mid 1950s and the building was put to other uses.
It was bought by the J.D. Wetherspoon pub chain in 2011 and opened as The William Peverel in 2011.