A building with a history

Published September 13, 2016

One of the best things about doing lectures about ABBA is that I get to go to places I wouldn't normally have any reason to visit. Earlier today I held a lecture in the building pictured here, which is only a 15-minute bus ride from where I live, yet I had no idea about its existence.

It was built in 1928 and was a cinema for 40 years, until 1968. The building is smack in the middle of a residential area with lots of old one-family houses, so where it found the basis for its business I do not know. Before television, of course, people went to the movies a lot more, and if it was going for four decades, clearly an audience found its way there.

Today, it's a "Folkets hus" ("People's House"), a place for all sorts of gatherings, such as the senior citizens club I visited today. I'm both amazed and happy that it hasn't been torn down and replaced with a residential building. Every time I see a lovely old building like this I immediately start fantasising about what it was like to go there back in the day, what the people looked liked who went there, and so on. Its survival is testament to the fact that there's still a need for people to get together from time time - that's an experience you can't download.

More about my ABBA lecture here.

This building used to be a cinema called Park - although it closed in 1968, the sign is still there.