The collections held within the archive include photographs,
drawings, architectural plans, newspaper cuttings, magazine articles, books,
programmes, industry periodicals, audio and video recordings, operational
records, artefacts and cinema ephemera of every kind.Material has been collected for over 50 years
and continues to grow. As the
collections are so extensive, it has not been possible to create a
comprehensive catalogue to allow for independent searching.
This page is intended as a brief snapshot of a small part of
the material available within the archive and provides pdf copies of some of
the collections that have been listed.
You are encouraged to make an enquiry using the enquiry form to establish if we
can help in your research project or perhaps find that elusive photograph you
The C.T.A. has
published a newsletter magazine quarterly since 1967. Containing news of cinemas around the U.K.,
short articles on cinema history along with news of meetings and events of the
C.T.A. Since 1982 the annual Picture
House has also been published containing detailed and well-illustrated articles
on all aspects of cinema history. These
indexes will help find information within these publications from 1967 to 2006.
Introduction [here]Index [here]
The C.T.A has organised visits to cinemas since 1967 often tours over several days of various buildings in an area or city. Visit Notes are produced alongside each visit containing information on the cinemas visited.
A list of the Visit Notes held in the Archive can be found here
holds a vast number of cinema plans both original, reproductions and plans
associated with planning applications for alterations. Key collections include the original plans for
leading architects George Coles and Alister MacDonald.
A full list of Plans held in the Archive can be found [here]
holds tens of thousands of images of cinemas across the U.K. including the unparalleled Tony Moss
Photographic Collection, an album belonging to Union Cinemas and the three
portfolios of photographs owned by leading Architect George Coles. This list
includes the George Coles portfolios and other mounted high-quality images.
A vital starting
point for so many much cinema research these annuals contains information on
every cinema in the U.K., leading Circuits, cinema suppliers, films released
and much more. This list includes other similar
publications including the later B.F.I. Yearbooks.Many of these have been scanned and are
available online. For further
information please contact us.
For a full list of Kine Yearbooks [see here]
The Archive contains many trade papers covering the films on release and the exploitation of these films by cinemas, plus features on the latest cinemas and technical innovations. These are being catalogued and the lists will be updated periodically.
contains hundreds of programmes created as souvenirs for first night audiences. Here is a list of the ABC opening programmes
Bound copies of
complete years of the South London Press containing weekly advertisements for
cinemas showing what was on. Here is a complete list
relating to the architectural practice of the leading Architect covering his
post war works on existing cinemas. Here is a complete list of the collection
contains an extensive library of books and pamphlets covering all aspects of
cinemas and the exhibition industry.
Here is a list of all the titles currently held.
This vast collection accumulated over a lifetime in cinema management contains wonderful examples of cinema showmanship and publicity stunts, many while manager of the Troxy Stepney. The photographs showing the East End of London in the decades following World War 2, are fascinating.
A full list of the collection is coming soon
cassette recordings have been digitised recently and are now available on DVD
and CD at the Archive.
Here is a full list of the Audio Visual collection
longer active the back issues of the Mercia Bioscope magazine contain many
Mercia Archive index can be found here
Indexes of the Mercia Bioscope are coming soon
can be found here
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