In the 1960’s, demand to see the latest music sensation was so high, there were insufficient British venues to meet the demand for tickets. The cinema chains saw a money-making opportunity and in “Mayhem at the Ritz” presenter Andrew Collins revisits this bygone era. He reveals how cinema staff switched work routines to embrace the new era of the pop package. We hear from projectionists and managers about how they worked alongside Little Richard, The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix at your local high street cinema. It was unique time when the pop package was at its peak and heath & safety issues were of no concern, as the kids went wild having a good time.
Broadcast February 2016 BBC Radio 4 Xtra