Memory Blogs

Posted May 2024 Simon James was brought up in Hampstead and read Philosophy at Sheffield University, where he helped the University cinema. He now lives near Swansea and has a passion for writing. You could say that my education in film and world cinema started quite by accident. This is the story of that happy […]

Posted April 2024 Marianne Gray is a freelance film journalist and author. She is from South Africa but has been a Londoner from the late 60s. She was president of the British Critics Circle and is a director of Peckhamplex, an independent multiplex cinema. We chatted on the phone about her connections with the Everyman. […]

Posted March 2024 Michael Brooke is a writer, editor and DVD/Blue-Ray producer who specialises in British and Central and East European cinema. We met for this interview at the BFI South Bank bar before a screening of Green Border by Agnieszka Holland the opening night film of the annual Kinoteka Polish Film Festival. Although Michael […]

Posted March 2024 One wet February morning, Michael and I met over coffee in the Everyman’s plush lounge, so different from the shabby cinema of our memories. Once a civil servant, now an academic and writer, Michael recalls with pleasure his experiences at the Everyman Cinema which played such a vital part in Hampstead’s vibrant […]

Posted February 2024. John is a retired railwayman and cinephile who has been a Hampstead resident since 1966. He was a weekly patron of The Everyman until the new chain took over. I first discovered the charm of Hampstead as a teenager on a bike, and resolved to live there as soon as I could […]

The Everyman: a film education A native North Londoner and senior manager at the University of the Arts, Paul has been a passionate cinephile all his life. To this day he never misses the London Film Festival when he averages at least fourteen films a week. His memories of the Everyman in the late 1980s […]

Posted July 2022. Adam Yamey is a retired dentist and an active author whose book, Beneath a Wide Sky: Hampstead and its Environs was published in 2022. It was at the Everyman that I went to the cinema for the first time in my life. My parents, who were not regular cinemagoers, decided that the […]

Posted May 2022 Hassanah Alice (hereafter Alice), was born in 1946, the youngest of the four children of James andTess Fairfax-Jones who had run the Everyman since 1933. Her memories of the cinema in the 1950sand 60s are accompanied by fond recollections of her parents and of growing up in Hampstead. Afteran adventurous life of […]

Posted March 2022. These cinephile friends kept a record of the films they saw at the Everyman In the early 1970s, despite the closures of many local cinemas in London, there was still a wide choice of cinemas showing a variety of programmes. As well as the circuit cinemas (ABC/Odeon/ Classic etc.) there was a […]

Posted March 2022 I arrived at University College School in 1985, and was placed In David Lund’s English class, which took place in his ground floor corner classroom. That space, as many students will recall, was plastered floor to ceiling, with posters of the concerts he had been organising in the school theatre for some […]