His Own Home Cinema
1984 newspaper article about Roger's home cinema
The new house at Hooe had a garage at the bottom of the garden, and Roger decided to convert it into a cinema. One of the old cinemas in Plymouth had recently been closed, and Roger had managed to obtain from the owner, eight of the original cinema seats. He installed a small projection room, with dual projectors. A screen, with opening and closing curtains and a full letterbox format for Scope movies. Full stereo sound, which for the time was the best you could get. And he would even stock up on ice creams for when friends came around—he had his own working cinema.
In 1970 Roger and Jill had a daughter, Rachael, and in 1975, a son, Philip. Both the children loved the cinema, and were very popular at school, as you might imagine. Phil in particular remembers the home cinema his dad had built with great affection. The first thing he can remember seeing in there, was the 400ft cut down of Star Wars – A New Hope. Since it was a cut down version, it was only the last 15 minutes of the film, with the attack of the Death Star by the Rebellion. Roger can still remember Phil watching it over and over again, mouth wide open. It reminded him of when he was a boy.