There were a lot of wonderful times with Jacey Cinemas, we organised several special cartoon and comedy events in various cities, which involved dressing up and several stunts in the streets, such as the promoting of a 'Crazy Show' for example. 

Later film premieres, when the stars were brought over, or special opening nights when we opened another converted news theatre, as a continental film cinema, mostly with the Jacey and Cinephone name.  But best of all attending the Cannes Film Festival each year, where we were invited, by some of the film distributors, to see the films they hoped we would agree to book for our cinemas. 

Those occasions were very glamorous, smart, and dressy and we were very fortunate to be treated as VIP's.  The most exciting thing for me at these Festivals (in my young 20's) was to be able to see up-close, Sophia Loren, Brigitte Bardot, and Gina Lollobrigida, even if only briefly. 

I was so taken by Brigitte Bardot - she was stunning and so vivacious!  I was so lucky as the closest the vast majority of people ever got to these stars would have been the cinema screen!  I should point out that Grandpa Joseph was the first to introduce the news and cartoon cinemas throughout the UK and later my father George opened the first cinemas specialising in continental feature films. 

Our cinema business was extremely successful and there were lots of glamorous occasions, so life was particularly good for us all.  I became a member of the 'Institute of Directors' in Pall Mall and Mum and Dad joined the 'White Elephant Club' in Curzon Street (a beautiful restaurant and bar for those involved in the entertainment world), we had some incredibly special evenings there after our film premieres. 

Thinking back, I met quite a number of celebrities and interesting people, we entertained some of the UK male pop stars; Adam Faith, Jess Conrad, Craig Douglas, when we opened the 'Jacey in the Strand' and several French female film starlets that included Catherine Deneuve (before she became so famous).

Aisha 'Miss Jacey' with Craig Douglas and Adam Faith

Aisha 'Miss Jacey' with Craig Douglas and Adam Faith

Martine Carole came to the opening of our 'Cinephone' Birmingham and Robert Mitchum attended the film premiere of 'Yellow Teddybears' also at 'Cinephone' Birmingham. 

I met Yoko Ono in London (we had shown her film 'Film No 4' about lots of bottoms) and later I was invited to one of her London exhibitions that was really extraordinary. 

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