Forthcoming Visits & Events

The Cinema Theatre Association organises visits to cinemas and theatres, past and present, across the UK and overseas. Lectures and other events feature in our programme of activities too. These are usually for members only, so why not join?

Full details are provided in the bi-monthly Bulletin

Best of the New: Depot Cinema at Lewes

Saturday 26 August 2017

Organised by Allen Eyles

Come and see the new £8 million three-screen independent Depot cinema designed by Burrell Foley Fischer in a refreshing alternative to standard multiplex design in one of the country’s most picturesque towns. A careful and thorough adaptation of what was previously a depot for local brewery Harvey’s, the new Depot brings full-time cinema back to Lewes after a gap of nearly 47 years. Enjoy a drink and food at the large new café and bar, sitting outside if it is a nice day. We will see all three screens before the afternoon shows and enjoy a brief introduction by local group Reel Lewes to its hour-long, professionally edited film of reminiscences on cinema-going in the town, which will be specially shown for us circa 1-1:30pm in one of the screens. We expect to talk to the cinema’s Creative Director Carmen Slijpen about this remarkable new venue. Reel Lewes’ new book on Lewes cinemas will be available for purchase.

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Meet outside main entrance at 12.30pm

Fastest trains are scheduled to take only one hour from London Victoria, eg Southern rail service from Victoria (10:47am), London Bridge (10:42am, change at Haywards Heath), East Croydon (11:03am) to arrive Lewes 11:47am. Earlier and later direct trains from Victoria every half hour. Depot is on the other side of Lewes station car park, just two minutes away using the side exit from the platform on which trains from London arrive. Coming by car, the cinema is in Pinwell Road with a public car park at the back of the cinema and the station car park opposite.

To the Island: an exploration of Gotland

August 2018

Arranged by Bjorn Alnebo and David Trevor-Jones

And now for something completely different… Gotland is the largest of the Swedish islands, located off its Baltic coast south of Stockholm. Its capital, Visby, is a Medieval City and UNESCO world heritage site. The island is rural, a network of villages and farms with ninety-two medieval churches, all built before 1350 and still in use. And as well as natural features including the ‘Raukar’, which are huge stone formations forged by water and wind over millennia, there are no fewer than eleven operating cinemas on Gotland. None is a mighty super; each is distinctive, some are converted garages and barns, others occupy community buildings and schools and each has its unique history and charm.

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As well as its remarkable cinemas Gotland has a further attraction for the cinephile. Just north of the main island is another small island called Fårö. This is where Ingmar Bergman created his film paradise. He made six films on Fårö. There is a Bergman Centre with a museum that offers a locations tour that includes a visit to his own personal preview cinema. Our own tour will include all of this.

And if Bergman was not enough, the great Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky made his last film, The Sacrifice, on Gotland. We will include a visit to the location where the famous burning house scene was staged, a holy site for many film enthusiasts (including the CTA’s Chairman)!

Members will be invited to make their own travel arrangements to Sweden. It is possible to fly to Visby from the UK via Stockholm or another Scandinavian hub but the planes are small (imagine flying to a Scottish island) and fares can be high. It might be cheaper to fly to Stockholm and to take the ferry from Nynäshamn to Visby.

So we are offering two alternatives: either join the CTA group in Stockholm for a one night stay in the Elite Hotel Palace, close to the station on the new direct railway line to Nynäshamn, at either end of the tour on the nights of Sunday 12 and Saturday 18 August with the train and ferry included; or fly directly to Visby and take just the tour and accommodation on Gotland (Monday night 13 to Friday night 17 August inclusive).

The ‘via Stockholm’ option, including hotels in Stockholm and Visby for a total of seven nights, the train and ferry, will cost around £760 sharing a double/twin room or £1,060 single. The ‘Visby only’ option, including the hotel in Visby for five nights, will cost around £565 sharing a double/twin room or £810 single. There will not be an organised tour in Stockholm but we hope to include one cinema visit to the newly restored and reopened Capitol, close to our hotel, either before or after the trip to the island.

More than a year ahead of the tour the final costs are subject to the hoteliers’ tariff reviews and to exchange rate fluctuations. We believe that the approximate costs given here will hold but in the first instance ask for a deposit of £100 per person. Final prices will be confirmed and payments will be due when the hotel rates are fixed, probably late this year or early in 2018.

To book a place or to enquire about admin arrangements, please contact David Trevor-Jones at [david.trevorjones@outlook.com] or by post to 47 The Street, Old Basing, Basingstoke, RG24 7BX. Those booking electronically will be given instructions on payment by card or bank transfer and will receive subsequent itinerary updates and payment demands by email. Or enclose a deposit cheque payable to The Cinema Theatre Association for £100 per person by post. Either way, please state whether opting for the ‘via Stockholm’ or the ‘Visby only’ tour, along with double/twin/single hotel room preference. Those choosing paper will be contacted by post, for which a full postal address will be required. To enquire about anything in Sweden contact Björn Alnebo [balnebo@gmail.com].

To book a place or to enquire about admin arrangements, please contact David Trevor-Jones at [david.trevorjones@outlook.com] or by post to 47 The Street, Old Basing, Basingstoke, RG24 7BX. Those booking electronically will be given instructions on payment by card or bank transfer and will receive subsequent itinerary updates and payment demands by email. Or enclose a deposit cheque payable to The Cinema Theatre Association for £100 per person by post. Either way, please state whether opting for the ‘via Stockholm’ or the ‘Visby only’ tour, along with double/twin/single hotel room preference. Those choosing paper will be contacted by post, for which a full postal address will be required. To enquire about anything in Sweden contact Björn Alnebo [balnebo@gmail.com].

Forthcoming talks and presentations:

‘Double Bill’

Saturday 28 October 2017

The History of the Palace Theatre, Westcliff-on-Sea; illustrated talk by David Simpson and The Phoenix Finchley and its Amazing Survival; iIlustrated talk by Gerry Turvey.

Brief Encounters on Film

Saturday 11 November 2017

A review by Ken Roe & Richard Norman. A look at some feature films that used cinemas and theatres as location sets.

Members Slide Show & Social

Saturday 13 January 2018

Organised by Richard Norman. Members wishing to submit talks and material please email: [RichardNormanCTA@aol.com].

After the Final Curtain

Saturday 24 February 2018

An illustrated talk by Matt Lambros, who recently launched his book After the Final Curtain in the USA. Matt is a professional photographer with an interest in theatrical architecture. His book contains stunning images of movie palaces showing how they appeared shortly after their final closure.

Porto

It has been decided that owing to the poor availability of hotel accommodation in Porto next May for the dates we require, the visit will be deferred to 2019 instead.

Our work on organising this event has not been wasted; all of our contacts are aware of the situation and are looking forward to working with us in the future. We realise this will be disappointing news but we will advertise this event in a future issue of the Bulletin. Members who have already expressed an interest will be contacted as soon as a proposed new date is decided on.