Ralph Pringle

One of the early showmen (he had been a travelling musician on a paddle steamer in the 1890s) who had worked with the Edison Animated Picture Company in Newcastle, branching out to his own North American Animated Picture Company. Recognising the potential of pemanent picture theatres he built up a circuit of ownership with cinemas in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Nottingham, Birmingham - and Paris. He opened Pringle's Picture Palace at Glasgow Cross in 1907, with a seating capacity of 1,000, the Bijou Picture Hall in Cowcaddens in 1908, and the Picture Palace in Elm Row, Edinburgh in 1908. Somewhat mysteriously, Pringle sold his cinemas in 1914, and seems to have been reduced to poverty, living in Bristol till 1922. Ralph Pringle can be seen interviewing a soldier, Private Ward, who was awarded a Victoria Cross following action in the Boer War in a realistic, but silent, interview at BFO Player: http://player.bfi.org.uk/film/watch-ralph-pringle-interviewing-private-ward-vc-hero-in-leeds-1901-1901/

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