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‘File 16/63 Cinema Programmes’ [‎19v] (38/204)

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The record is made up of 1 file (100 folios). It was created in 6 Nov 1944-21 Aug 1948. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers Documents collected in a private capacity. .

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Cinema screening programmes and schedules for various organisations and institutions in Bahrain:

  • cinema programmes for the Public Relations Office in the Persian Gulf’s cinema, dating from November 1944 until December 1946. The programmes are lists, indicating the date and time of screenings, venue and audience (for example: students, girl students, public, policemen). No details of the films shown are given;
  • throughout the file, programmes of ‘movies’ scheduled to be shown at the BAPCO (Bahrain Petroleum Company) Club at Awali. The programmes indicate the date and time of screenings, film titles, principal actors, and film production companies. Most of the films are Hollywood productions, with a small number of British-made films also shown. Some films are preceded by newsreels and factual short films. Many film titles indicate subject matter that reflects the era in which they were produced (during and immediately after the Second World War), such as Laurel and Hardy’s Air Raid Wardens and a short screened in February 1946 entitled What to do with Germany ;
  • a single programme, dated September 1946, for the station cinema at the Royal Air Force (RAF) base at Muharraq (f 49).

Interspersed with the programmes is a small amount of correspondence (from the BAPCO Club, the Naval Officer in Charge at Bahrain, RAF Bahrain) relating to cinema screenings and programmes.

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1 file (100 folios)

The file’s contents are arranged in approximate chronological order, from the earliest item at the front to the latest at the end. The file notes at the end of the file (ff 100-101) mirror the chronological arrangement.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 102; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. An additional foliation sequence is present in parallel between ff 2-45; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled.

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‘File 16/63 Cinema Programmes’ [‎19v] (38/204), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/1575, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 20 July 2024]

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