Title ID 3160Collection ID949
Title[The Heath Cinema in Haywards Heath]
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent Artist/Film-makerNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeFashion Urban Life
KeywordsClothing Fashion Shoes Skirts Suits Trousers Children Entertainment
LocalHaywards Heath
RegionalWest Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionNot known
Format35mm Black & White Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A short film of men, women and children queuing to enter the 'Heath' cinema in Haywards Heath in the 1920's, to watch the 1928 silent film 'Baby Cyclone', starring Lew Cody.


A large group of men, women and children walk along the pavement outside the 'Heath' cinema in Haywards Heath, where the silent movie 'The Baby Cyclone', starring Lew Cody is showing. The opening shot pans along the street and shows the large group walking slowly away from the cinema, past Hampton's Cycle Depot and Ballards Stores. The film then cuts to a crowd of children, many with their parents, filing past, with some of the children looking curiously into the camera and two men stopping to pose for a longer shot outside a shoe shop. The film ends with a quick shot of a group of five people, standing in a line outside the doors to the Cinema entrance.


A still from  [The Heath Cinema in Haywards Heath] (ca.1928)

Contextual information

The Heath Theatre at Haywards Heath opened in 1911. The cinema closed in 1936 after its owner, Mr J. Van Koert opened larger cinemas in the town (the Broadway in 1932 and the Perrrymount in 1936) to accommodate bigger audiences. (Eyles, A. et al, 1996)

Fashion Notes: This film gives an insight into the winter clothing worn by men, women and children. The clip is rich in its footage of coats, hats, shoes and boots. Many of the women’s coats are fur-trimmed.

Fashion keywords: knickerbockers, shoes, skirts, stockings, suits, sweaters

For further information see Screen Search Fashion online resource.

Related resources


Screen Search Fashion

This online resource provides a thematic guide for students interested in fashion and dress. The site offers pathways into aspects of fashion and dress as depicted in archive film from the inter-war period in the Screen Archive South East collections.


Eyles, Allen, Frank Gray, and Alan Readman. Cinema West Sussex: The First Hundred Years. Chichester: Phillimore & Co Ltd, 1996

This book has a section on cinemas in Haywards Heath. Copies are held at West Sussex Record Office, Chichester and Screen Archive South East.