A Career With Films
1977 newspaper advert for Looney Movies cine film and projector hire
Roger loved films. As he grew up, he knew he would need a career, and decided to train as an accountant. To support himself, he worked in the Drake Odeon cinema, Plymouth as a projectionist. He spent a many a happy evening, splicing films together, putting them on the 35mm projectors and watching the films.
After Roger qualified as an accountant, he began training at a firm of accountants in Plymouth. After a few years, Roger was confident enough to start up his own accountancy business but his love of films never died.
In 1968, he married Jill and in 1971, in a small street in Plymouth, Roger and Jill opened a shop called ‘Looney Movies’, where people could hire projectors, a screen and films for an evening. This was back before the days of video, so for a birthday party or an evening’s entertainment, having some Tom & Jerry cartoons or even a full length feature film, with the ‘magic’ of the cinema was very exciting.
As the accountancy grew, so also did the hire and sales of cine films, and soon, Roger and Jill found they were selling films all over the UK. They had to move to bigger premises in Plymouth, and changed the company name to "Movieland International."