On leaving Farringdon Underground (old) station (not
the Turnmill Street exit) turn left – or when leaving Farringdon Main
Line (new) station, turn right – walk east 150 yards towards the
‘SnappySnaps’ shop. The entrance to the Gallery is opposite; walk
through the large gates and across the courtyard to the far end, turn
right down the steps and you’re there!
I have been approached by the Picturedrome Operations Manager
Spencer Clark to help them celebrate the Picturedrome’s centenary.
Although the actual birthday has passed, Operator Adam Cunard was
keen not to let this milestone pass and there will be events planned for
Friday 17 January with a period film show and an exhibition of cinema
At the moment the planning is on-going and the film and
the events are still being selected by the management team. In order to
publicise the event and secure seats for the CTA on the evening of 17
January, this trailer is being advertised in this final Bulletin of 2019. The Picturedrome
is a wonderful period cinema and extra screens have
been added recently in keeping with its historic listed status.For more information as to what’s planned please send SAE to: David
Eve, CTA Wessex, Far Ends, 28 Courtenay Road, Lower Parkstone,
BH14 0HD. Please include your email address and telephone number
for updates. It will be the start of December before I will be in touch.
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
Light orchestral music formed a significant part of 20th Century popular culture, so not surprisingly it found its way into the cinema-going experience of the pre-Beatles era. Through historic recordings and vintage broadcasts, this presentation will feature the orchestras of the Commodore Hammersmith and Troxy Stepney, among others, accompanied by images of the cinemas they performed in. It will also feature compositions by theatre organists including Sidney Torch and Louis Mordish. Also, hear how the Pearl & Dean theme went after the pillars faded and all about Joan Sims’ “larky goings-on in the two and threes”.
Martin Cleave has a lifelong interest in music. He began learning to play the piano at the age of 7 and is currently Pianist and Music Manager at the Royal Academy of Dance. In his spare time he is conductor for the ‘Eltham Park Pleasant Sunday Afternoon Orchestra’. Martin is also a long-time member of the CTA.
As a way of celebrating the CTA’s successful application for the listing
of the Empire Haymarket, in the West End – albeit somewhat belatedly,
as it was achieved towards the end of last year – we are holding a
Christmas party in the cinema by kind permission of the manager. It
will be held in the ground floor bar just off the main foyer.
The Empire originally opened as the Carlton in 1927, at first as a live
theatre but very quickly went over to films, from which it has never
reverted. Paramount Pictures had an involvement as their ‘mountain’
trademark appears twice in stone on the façade. The architects were
Frank Verity and Samuel Beverly, who had previously been responsible
for the Plaza, the studio’s British flagship cinema around the
corner in Regent Street.During the evening there will be an opportunity to view the main auditorium (between shows).Our Christmas parties have a reputation and tradition of being great
fun. Wine or soft drinks and canapés will be served. Tickets at £12.00
are available in advance from: Richard Gray, 45 Arnold Road, London,
E3 4NU. Please enclose an SAE (I know this seems dreadfully old
fashioned but it still works!) with cheques made out to The Cinema
Theatre Association. Please send applications by 6 December.
Getting there: Approaching from Piccadilly Circus, the is halfway
down the right-hand side of Haymarket. Piccadilly Circus is on the
Piccadilly and Bakerloo tube lines.
In the first of what we hope to be a short series of events featuring
international guest speakers, the CTA welcomes back noted cinema
theatre photographer Matt Lambros from the USA, who splendidly
entertained a ‘full house’ in February 2018 with interior images he
had taken of long closed movie theatres in the USA, which were
featured in his book After the Final Curtain – The Fall of the American
Movie Theater. The quality of the images were truly amazing and we
were stunned by his ability to photograph the beauty of dereliction in
such difficult circumstances, while Matt gave running comments on
his exploits and adventures gaining access into theatre buildings that
had been abandoned for decades.
Matt’s book was so successful he has released After the Final Curtain:
America’s Abandoned Theaters, copies of which will be available for
sale to CTA members on the evening. Come early to grab your seat for
another evening of images of what remains after the last ticket was
Venue: The Gallery, at Alan Baxter Associates, 75 Cowcross Street,
Farringdon, London, EC1M 6EL (see opposite for travel directions)
Admittance: £10 on the door. Guests welcome (includes wine and
The CTA Bookstall will be at the event. Limited copies
of Matt's book will be on sale and available for signing.
We have been liaising with ‘Travel Editions’ and making reasonable progress with our trip to Porto. Unfortunately the cost of the trip, plus hotels within our price range for our proposed September 2019 visit is almost impossible to find. The poor exchange rate with the Euro is also proving a major obstacle.