Cinema History - Peter Dyson

This site is dedicated to the memory of Peter Dyson, a warm, gentle and amusing man who is so very sadly missed by all who knew him.


Peter Dyson (29.09.1929 – 11.10.2002)

The son of a railway Station Master, Peter Dyson was born in the Station House at Hamworthy Junction and spent much of his childhood in Wareham and at school in Swanage.

His interest in the world of cinema began during the war at the Empire Cinema in Wareham, where he assisted in the projection room whenever he could. In the Royal Air Force, he spent several years working with the R.A.F. Cinema Corporation in the UK and Western Europe. He joined South Coast Theatres in the 1950's and was initially based at the old Regent Theatre in Poole which is where he met his wife, Pat.

Subsequently, he was involved in the management of the Electric in Bournemouth, the Regal in Parkstone, the Tivoli in Wimborne and the Amity in Poole. After a number years at Flight Refuelling and The British Aircraft Corporation, he joined the engineering division of Southern Electric PLC from where he retired in 1993.

Peter's lifelong interest in Dorset, Dorset folk and all aspects of the cinema, provided the catalyst for a fulfilling retirement project - to chronicle the changing face of screen entertainment across the county. The result was a fascinating array of stories and images from all corners of the county, which ultimately led to the publication of his book "A Century of Cinema in Dorset" during the centenary year of screen entertainment in the UK.