Another Bradford (Shipley) memory comes down – Minox 35GT and Acros 100
Out testing my Minox 35GT I came across this sad site (or sight) – the remains of the former Glen Royal cinema in Shipley (now part of the Bradford metropolis) where I spent some evenings as a schoolboy, as a projectionist, having abandoned the more usual paper rounds and grocery deliveries for pocket money.
In the picture below I am outside the cinema, far left, 60 years ago. I am not completely certain this is outside the Glen Royal as I worked more often at another cinema a couple of hundred yards up the road, the Pavilion, known affectionately as the ‘Bug hutch’. Wherever it was, this scan is from a print probably made from a film shot in my 11+ exam reward, my first camera – a Kodak Brownie box, which I’ve referred to in past posts. These usherettes taught me a few things when I wasn’t in the projection box!
I had a Minox 35 many years ago and the most memorable thing about it was it produced superb colour slides – early morning or in the middle of the night, I never remember it producing a bad shot. And every picture had an extraordinary ‘pop’. I don’t remember ever using black and white film in it in the past. I acquired this one recently and it had a C-41 b&w film in it but I wasn’t impressed with the results, so this was part of a test with a known film. I’ll probably give it a go soon with one of my rare remaining Astias though in the past I usually shot Kodachrome in the Minox.
The Acros film was ‘stand’ developed in 100:1 RO9 for 90 minutes with a single inversion at 30 and 60 minutes. The Acros came out fine but a roll of Tri-X in the same tank (lazy!) didn’t come out so well. A post on this in the future.