WELCOME to our regular feature taking a look at the films, shows and events showing in Bradford and district this month in years gone by.

One thing that hasn't changed over the decades is cinemagoers' love of action and adventure.

In 1969 the craze for spaghetti westerns was at its height. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - the third of Sergio Leone's classic dollars westerns - had shot up the box office the previous August and cinemas couldn't get enough of violent westerns. The Big Gundown, which was showing at the Odeon, starred Lee Van Cleef (rather insultingly described as 'Mr Ugly' on the poster) and Thomas Milan. For its UK release the film was cut by almost 20 minutes, which did nothing for the plot, leaving only the lush photography and the Ennio Morricone score to admire. Nevertheless, The Big Gundown is an acknowledged classic and Quentin Tarantino's favourite Italian Western.

Fast forward two years and a nightclub was holding what it described as a 'pants parade' in order to encourage more men to wear hot pants. The T&A breathlessly reported: "Housewives stopped and stared asnd men waved from office windows." We can't think why.

The hot pants parade took place in the same week that the ABC in Bradford screened The Body. Despite the salacious advertising this was a strange combination of art film and documentary narrated by Vanessa Redgrave and Frank Finlay.

Having scored a huge hit with The Omen in 1976 Twentieth Century Fox wasted no time rushed a sequel out. Damien: Omen 2 arrived at Bradford's Odeon 2 in February 1979. The Daily Mail's critic described the film as "immeasurably superior to its predecessor". History has proved her wrong.