The Late Mr. George Green

Trade obituary of George Green

'As was briefly announced with much regret in our last issue, Mr. George Green, the respected chief of Green's Film Service, of Glasgow, passed away on Wednesday last, after an illness of only three weeks' duration, at the comparatively early age of fifty-four years. The deepest sympathy of the entire cinema industry is extended to Mrs. Green and family of two sons and four daughters, in their sad bereavement.
'Mr. Green cam of a family of showmen, and gained his early experience of entertainment catering with his father, who ws long a frequent and welcome visitor to all the towns and villages in Scotland and the North of England. In 1894, Mr. Green saw the possibilities of Glasgow as headquarters for his enterprises, and in that year, in company with his brother, now a well-known caterer in Lancashire, opened the Carnival, at the Old Barracks. Here for a lengthy period his entertainments were eminently successful, and the real foundations of the present extensive business were laid when the ground of the Old Barracks was acquired by the N. B. Railway Company. Mr. green removed to the stance at Vinegar Hill, now known as the Carnival, and here he was no less successful. On the inception of the cinematograph, Mr. Green was one of the first to foresee its possibilities, and he was the first entertainment caterer to tour the country with his travelling cinematograph show, and the introduction of moving pictures to most towns in Scotland and the North of England is traceable to the visits of one or other of his numerous outfits. As the cult of the cinema developed, Mr Green saw the wisdom of establishing permanent shows, and gradually entered this branch till a circuit of over a dozen halls stood to his credit. The necessity of hiring for his own halls and touring outfits increased to such an extent that it became plain that a better system would be to buy his own films, and so successful did his purchases prove with the public that other showmen began to ask him to select their programmes. This was the genesis of the present film hiring organisation, which, under the fostering care of Mr. Green, now takes its place in the front rank of film hiring concerns in the kingdom. It was only natural in a business man so keen and foreseeing, that Mr. Green should keep a careful eye on the legal restrictions, which early in the history of the cinema threatened to retard its advancement. Thus we find that when the present Act was being framed, Mr. Green ket a watchful eye on the law-makers, and it is to his foresight and astuteness that the Act is so favourable to travelling showmen. When first announced, the Bill suggested that before a show could be opened anywhere a licence had to be obtained in the town where the show was to open, plans had to be deposited, and a week's notice given to the chief constable. Mr. Green attended the Committee of the House of Lords in person, and, by a plain and practical statement of the case, got the clause emended to read that a travelling showman's cinema licence was available for any town, and only two days' notice had to be given to the chief constable. This concession was an inestimable boon to all showmen, and this action of Mr. Green's in the early days was typical of his foresight right to the end. On the formation of the Cinematograph Exhibitors Association, Mr. Green was one of the first to associate himself with the scheme, and his counsels at the meetings were always sound, well-reasoned, and carried much weight. In all matters affecting the Trade as a whole, Mr. Green took a keen interest, and his place will be difficult to fill.. In addition to his official connection with the C.E.A., Mr. Green acted as President of the Roundabout Proprietors' Association and Showmen's Union of Great Britain from its foundation till his retirement last year, and also took a great interest in the showmen's Guild, of which he was a generous supporter.
'By his staff Mr. Green was more than respected, and it is sufficient to say that many have been associated with him for long periods of years.'

[Report follows of those attending the funeral, including most of the leaders of the trade.]

TitleThe Late Mr. George Green
SourceThe Bioscope


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