Below is the account of RAF Postal Clerk Alan Thomas* who worked at the cinema as projectionist between 1963-65 on his return to RAF Cardington after enlisting there in 1960.
"RAF Cardington had a very modern Station Cinema (Astra) which was located behind the old gymnasium. It had provided entertainment for many a recruit, however, during 1963 it was in the main kept open from Sunday to Wednesday to provide entertainment for the Technical Apprentices who were not permitted to leave the camp. Whilst stationed at RAF Oakington I had spent some time working in the Station Cinema during my off duty hours and had completed an RAF Projectionist Course. This qualification for better or for worse soon had a bearing on my off duty hours. With a grin on his face Sgt Chambers quitely took me to one side and said that on the authority of the Station Commander I was to assume secondary duty post of Cinema Manager. This was normally a duty performed by a Sgt however in the absence of any volunteers this requirement had been waived.