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Treasure Island

Inverness children queue for the cinema in 1935

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Children queuing for a special performance of "Treasure Island" on Saturday 16 February 1935 at the Playhouse Cinema, Inverness.
The film includes shots of the cinema staff; shots of children queuing and entering the cinema with the commissionaire supervising; shots of the billing "Playhouse Cinema, Treasure Island, Anchor Aweigh! For Jackie Cooper and Wallace Beery, Treasure Island. February 11, all week." Posed shot of cinema staff in uniform.

Questions & Activities


  • Why was this film made?
  • How did the children respond to being filmed?
  • Where was the camera placed?
  • How is the experience of going to cinema different now?
  • What were the Playhouse staff wearing?
  • Where are the parents?
  • Who wrote Treasure Island?
  • How many children did you see?


English: How would you encourage children to go to the cinema now?

Media Studies/History: Research cinema attendance then and now. D o people go to the cinema more or less now? How many cinemas were there in Scotland in the 1930s? Where is the oldest surviving cinema in Scotland and when was it built?

Modern Studies: How do children spend their time now each week? What other forms of entertainment do they have?

History: Research life for children in the 1930s. Use clips from the Scotland on Screen website to highlight your findings.

Media Studies / History: Ask your grandparents about going to the cinema in the 1930s. Film or record their answers and use this as a basis for a soundtrack to 'Treasure Island'.

History: How are the children's lives going to change in the next 10 years? (Compare 'I expect Joan Feels The Same' on BFI DVD 'Real Shorts').

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-000-113-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 0647
Date 1935
Genre Local Topical
School Subject History, Modern Studies, Media Studies, Social History
Who Playhouse Cinema, Inverness (sponsor)
Where Playhouse Cinema, Inverness
Attributes Black and White, Silent
Clip Length 3:10
Film Length 03:10