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1945 to 1965

the history of Leyton and Leytonstone

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The area provided a good social life for some at least, as is indicated by the number of people who have moved away to more affluent and scenically attractive areas but look back fondly to their Leyton upbringing. Men who joined the Eton Manor sports clubs at the age of 14 are particularly enthusiastic about the experience 1.

Television reduced the popularity of cinema in the 1950s.  Only 3 cinemas remained open in Leyton in 1965 : the ABC (formerly the Ritz), the Odeon (formerly the Savoy) and the Rialto.  But the influence of American culture became stronger and dominant over British culture.

1  http://www.villierspark.org.uk/