‘Sweet and quirky’: memories of the Everyman in the mid 1990s: Marianne Gray

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. […]

Working at the Everyman in the 1990s: Michael Brooke

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 […]

The Everyman and Bohemian Hampstead : Michael Williams’ Memories of the 1970s and 1980s

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 […]

‘At the back in the dark’: Pete Bell’s memories

Pete Bell was a projectionist at three legendary arthouse cinemas; the Everyman, the Electric and the NFT (now BFI South Bank) where he still works part time and where, over coffee and croissants, he reminisced about his working life. His career in projection started at the Electric in 1978. The iconic cinema on Portobello Road […]

The Everyman and the Little Theatre: An interview with Hilary King

Posted 8 June 2023 In 1933, when the Everyman Cinema was opened by James Fairfax-Jones, he shared the premises with Consuelo de Reyes, Hilary’s mother, who was a community theatre director and playwright. This arrangement lasted until 1948 when Consuelo died but the working relationship between the two families continued, as Fairfax-Jones took over the […]

The Everyman: the story of a building

Posted 28th April 2023 A walk through the Everyman today shows all the trademark features which have made the Everyman chain, with its emphasis on the hospitality and service side of film exhibition, so successful. The Hampstead Everyman now boasts two screens, one in the original main auditorium and one in the basement, each with […]

The Everyman Cinema Hampstead in the 1930s

This blog has made copious use of a set of Everyman programmes which are on this website in the programmes section. Many thanks to Nick Davey who kindly scanned his precious collection to make these available. The Everyman Cinema Theatre first opened its doors to the public on Boxing Day 1933 with René Clair’s Le […]

Adam Yamey: The Everyman, then & now

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 […]

The Everyman in World War II

Special thanks to Oliver Hylton for the extracts from the wartime logbook Britain’s declaration of war in September 1939 caused the temporary closure of all cinemas for two weeks. The Everyman re-opened on Monday 25 September with the British-produced film Stolen Life (1939) followed by a series of French films including Hotel du Nord (1938), […]

Roy Stafford and Ray Bignell: The Everyman and repertory cinema

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 […]

Paul Cronin: a schoolboy at the Everyman

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 […]

Fairfax-Jones stories: an interview with Caroline Iliffe

Posted March 2022 I met Caroline Iliffe, oldest child of Everyman founders Jim and Tess Fairfax-Jones over coffee in her Camden Town home. Born in 1936 Caroline became an architect, as well as a wife and mother to three daughters. Still active and vibrant, she started an art degree in her seventies and graduated in […]

Kevin Brownlow remembers the influence of the Everyman

Posted by Kevin Brownlow January 2022 Eminent film maker and historian Kevin Brownlow has worked in film from the mid 1950s. His memories, from inside the world of film making, evoke the power of the cinematic image and the importance of the Everyman as ‘a course in cinema history’.     The Everyman is probably […]

A cinema for all seasons, the Everyman in Hampstead: Michael Darvell’s early memories of going to the pictures.

Posted by Michael Darvell January 2022 I have always been an avid filmgoer, even from a young age. I suppose as a child I was taken to the pictures by my parents, as the cinema was the only form of public entertainment available to most families. In the 1940s and ’50s cinema tickets were cheap, […]

Adrian Turner on programming the Everyman

Posted by Adrian Turner, January 2022 Adrian worked at the Everyman from 1971 to 1977, initially as Assistant Manager, and when Fairfax Jones died in in 1973, as Programmer. A full account of his time at the cinema can be found in Guest Blogs. The Everyman’s reputation lay in its programming of mostly foreign language […]

Adrian Turner and the Everyman staff in the 1970s

Posted January 2022 Adrian Turner worked at the Everyman from 1971 to 1977, initially as Assistant Manager and, after the death of James Fairfax Jones in 1973 as Programmer. A full account of his time at the Everyman can be found in Guest Blogs.          The Everyman itself was a bare bones […]

Adrian Turner remembers Hampstead village in the 1970s

Posted by Adrian Turner, January 2022 Adrian Turner worked at the Everyman from 1969 to 1977, initially as Assistant Manager and, after the death of James Fairfax Jones in 1973, as Programmer. A full account of his time at the Everyman can be found in Guest Blogs. Working at the Everyman meant being a respected […]

Adrian Turner: memories of the Fairfax-Jones Family

Posted by Adrian Turner, December 2021 Adrian worked at the Everyman from 1971 to 1977, initially as Assistant Manager and, after the death of James Fairfax-Jones in 1973, as Programmer. A full account of his time at the Everyman can be found in Guest Blogs.  In 1969 I saw an advertisement – ‘London repertory cinema […]

Adrian Turner’s Everyman Memories

Posted by Adrian Turner, January 2022 The Everyman was like a University to me.  I had left school at 16 and had done a variety of boring jobs, starting off by working in an amazing building, the Royal Exchange in the City of London.  My Dad worked there so he fixed a job for me […]

‘Something worthwhile’: Peter Howden at the Everyman in the 1980s and 1990s

Margaret O’Brien posted December 2021 This blog is based on a most enjoyable conversation with Peter Howden in the bar of the National Film Theatre (now called BFI South Bank), in November 2021. We talked about his time as manager and programmer of the Everyman, a position which lasted from 1981 to 1998.  I first […]

Julia Holland’s Memories

Everyman memories, posted by Julia Holland, September 2021 Growing up in Belsize Park and Highgate in the late 60’s and 70’s the Everymanwas a part of our life. My parents were divorced and the Everyman was where Iwent with my Dad. I have the dubious distinction to have seen every Orson Wellesfilm – his particular […]

Mark Long’s Memories of The Everyman Cinema Hampstead

Everyman memories, posted by Mark Long, September 2021 Film of all the art forms has most probably been the greatest influence on me as an ‘artist’. This can be largely attributed to the Everyman. The whole concept of impressionistic narrative and visual poetry became available to me at a very young age. A young teenager […]

‘Good films and good fun’: Children at the Everyman in the 1930s

Margaret O’Brien posted August 2021 Going to the pictures In the 1930s, when cinema was central to everyday life, meant first run Hollywood or British films at one of the big circuit cinemas like Odeon, ABC, or Gaumont, or maybe a visit to a local independent which showed second run or older films. The Everyman […]