The Piccadilly News Theatre by night, 1934.
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
Cinemas played a vital role in everyday life before ownership of television sets became widespread. People visited cinemas to find out the latest news. Taken in 1934, this picture shows the Piccadilly News Theatre, which is screening footage of the asasination of King Alexander I of Yugoslavia. Alexander Karadjordjevic, (1888-1934) was asasinated in Marseilles while on a state visit to France. A Fox Movietone camera crew caught it on film - the first asasination ever captured on moving footage. Other attractions include the Kennel Club Show and a Disney Mickey Mouse film.