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

A Wander around North Warwickshire and Beyond

Now rescheduled - Saturday 16 June

Organised by Peter Lea and Richard Norman

This visit was due to take place on Saturday 3 March, but it had to be postponed because of the adverse weather conditions. Members booked on that visit have been offered first refusal for the rescheduled visit; however some members are unable to make the new date. This means that there are some vacancies and time to re-advertise the visit to interested members (offered on a first come-first served basis).

Based on CTA member Peter Lea’s researches for his recent publication The Auditorium: A Historical Look at Cinemas in and around North Warwickshire, he has organised a day out for members to visit some existing and former cinemas. Venues planned to be visited are located in Nuneaton, Chapel End, Bedworth, Hinckley, Ibstock and Coalville; the latter is from Peter’s forthcoming book The Auditorium2: Cinemas of North West Leicestershire (due out February 2018). A coach will be arranged to take us around the various locations. The itinerary is arranged to include lunch and refreshment breaks at member’s own expense.

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Members should obtain their own train tickets, arriving at Nuneaton station, or if travelling by car, parking is available at the adjacent car park by the ‘Empire Gym Studio’ (former Vint’s Picturedrome). A coach will meet us at the station and depart at 10:15hrs. Suggested train departures times from London Euston to Nuneaton are at 07:46 (arrive 08:54) and 08:46 (arrive 09:53), both services are direct with no changes.

Our visit will be organised to catch the return train service to London Euston departing Nuneaton at 18:36hrs (arrive 19:50). (Note: train times quoted are advertised at the time of going to press; these should be checked prior to booking/departure).

The cost: £14.00 per member (inclusive of coach and visit notes)
Closing date: 31 May 2018. Advance booking only.
Please send your cheque made payable to ‘Cinema Theatre Association’ enclosing SAE to Richard Norman, 4 Oakhill Lodge, Reedham Drive, Purley, CR8 4DT. Enquiries tel: 020 8668 6077, email: [RichardNormanCTA@aol.com].

The Electric Palace, Harwich presents Bioscope on Harwich Green

Sunday 1 July

Organised by Chris Strachan and the Harwich Electric Palace Trust

The Electric Palace has recently been awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which will go towards major refurbishment work of the building. During the period of closure there are exciting plans to run a Bioscope on Harwich Green, starting in June. Bioscopes were travelling cinemas, common in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.
The CTA has been invited to Harwich on the last day of the Bioscope presentations. The bioscope will present the classic film Battleship Potemkin, a 1925 Soviet silent film directed by Sergei Eisenstein. The film will feature live piano accompaniment by a leading pianist.

It is also planned to have a ‘Hard Hat Tour’ of the Electric Palace but this is subject to final approval.

The cost will be £10 for the film including refreshments and £10 for the tour including refreshments.

To obtain tickets for the events in Harwich on Sunday July 1st are as follows:

Details can be found at www.electricpalace.com or www.harwichfestival.co.uk

Email enquiries to contact@electricpalace.com

East is Best - Two Grade II and a Grade II* Treat

Wednesday 4 July

Organised by Ken Roe

London’s East End is fast becoming ‘the’ place to be, as its recently found ‘trendy & stylish’ image continues to flourish. We begin our visit at 10:30am at the magnificent Grade II listed Shoreditch Town Hall. Built in 1866 to the plans of architect Caesar Augustus Long, it was described as “the grandest Vestry Hall in London”. Following damage by a fire in 1902, a new larger Assembly Hall, which we will be visiting, was opened in 1907. It has been said that early Cinematograph performances were held in the hall.

We then take a bus to the Grade II Listed Rio Cinema in Dalston (Percy C Adams & George Coles (1909) / Frank Ernest Bromige (1937) arriving at 11:30am, to celebrate the recent opening of their 28-seat second screen located in the basement and also ‘hopefully’ see the completion of the renovation of the exterior with new signage and neon. We will have tea/coffee & biscuits, before entering the circle of the main auditorium at 12:00 noon to watch the cult art-house comedy film Harold and Maude starring Ruth Gordon & Bud Cort (1971, 91 mins).

Following the film we take another bus to Hoxton to visit and have a guided tour of the Grade II* listed Hoxton Hall at 2:00pm. One of only two original music halls still surviving in London . Built as Mortimer's Hall in 1863 (designed by James Mortimer) it became MacDonald's Music Hall in 1869. It lost its licence in 1871 and the building became a Gospel Temperance Mission in 1879 and then a Quaker Mission for many decades. Architects Bertie Crewe and Lovegrove & Papworth made slight alterations to the building in the early-1900s. In recent years Hoxton Hall has operated as a 320-seat community arts theatre.

We will also see the site of the famed Britannia Theatre. This 2,972- seat theatre became a cinema in 1923 operated by the Biocolour circuit and from 1929 a Gaumont operated cinema. It was destroyed in 1940 by German bombs. We will also take a short walk to the site of the former Cinema (Lovegrove & Papworth) 1914-1956, also operated by Gaumont. The building survived until a couple of years ago when it was planned to be renovated and reopened by the Picturehouse chain but those plans fell through and it was demolished. Curzon Cinemas have been building a new four-screen cinema on the site, which may (or may not) have opened by the time of our visit.have been building a new four-screen cinema on the site, which may (or may not) have opened by the time of our visit.

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Booking details: The cost of the visit is £7.00 which includes refreshments and the film at the Rio Cinema and a guided tour of Hoxton Hall. Please send a cheque (payable to Cinema theatre Association) to Ken Roe, 18a Ferndale Road, South Tottenham, London, N15 6UE to arrive no later than Saturday 30 June.

Any queries? Ken can be contacted at e-mail: [ken@kenroe.co.uk].

Getting there: The closest Tube station to Shoreditch Town Hall is Old Street on the City Branch of the Northern Line. Leave the station via Exit # 1 (Old Street East – North Side) and proceed to walk (6 minutes) along Old Street and you will eventually see the Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street, across on your right hand side. All travel on the day is within Zones 1 & 2. For those wishing to join the group at the Rio Cinema, Dalston at 11:30am, use the London Overground to Dalston Kingsland Station, turn left out of the station and the is 100 yards up the street.

To Hull and Back - including CTA AGM 2018

Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July

Organised by Margaret and David Williams

This year’s AGM will be part of a visit to Hull, UK City of Culture 2017. The AGM will be held at 1:30pm for 2pm on Saturday 28 July at Kardomah 94 on Alfred Gelder Street in Hull City centre.

Getting there: The AGM venue in Alfred Gelder Street is about a 12 minute walk from Hull Paragon Station. There are direct train services to Hull from many parts of the country including London.

Nominations for committee members are invited and should be sent to the Secretary, Adam Unger to arrive seven days before the meeting. The minutes of last year’s meeting will be distributed on the day and are available now in the members’ area of the CTA website. There is no charge for members attending just the AGM.

It is intended to have a walking tour of City centre venues on the Saturday morning prior to the meeting. On the Sunday it is planned to have a bus tour of the remaining suburban cinemas and a visit to the historic County Town of the East Riding, Beverley, where a new Parkway Cinema opened 2 or 3 years ago.

We have arranged two nights’ accommodation (Friday and Saturday) at the Premier Inn on Tower Street, which is adjacent to the Old Town with its historic pubs, Minster and Museum Quarter and nearby is The Deep and the Marina. The hotel is located in the top six floors of a twelvestorey building and commands excellent views of the River Humber for miles from the Humber Bridge virtually to the North Sea. The hotel has an integral restaurant and bar area and ample secure free parking.

For more information about how to book and for the PDF of the Minutes of the 2017 AGM, please log in to the Members' Area

For members who wish to participate in the weekend event as well as the AGM, the cost per person, which includes two nights’ bed and breakfast, coach tour and notes, is estimated to be £130 for a double or shared room or £185 for a single room.

For further details please send SAE to David Williams at 205 New Ridley Road, Stocksfield, Northumberland NE43 7QD by 16 June. His phone number is 01661 842465 – e-mail: [margaretbspc@talk21.com].

Please find here the minutes of the AGM held in Newbridge Memo on 13 May 2017

Apollo's Birthday Celebration and more ...

29 August with extra days to be added

Organised by David Eve

I’m planning an event to celebrate one of the last great cinemas in the North’s eightieth birthday on 29 August. The Apollo Ardwick Manchester for many years the ABC Ardwick celebrates eighty years of entertaining Mancunians this year and a chance for the CTA to attend this venue could not be missed. The Apollo, independently built, became part of the ABC circuit during the war and after ceasing regular film shows became a concert venue, which it remains. As such the building remains very much as originally designed, little altered, grade II listed and arguably the last great Super Cinema building to survive intact in the north of England. Virtually every great pop performer has graced its stage over the years and you too could stand where the Beatles performed.

The management have kindly agreed to let us celebrate this special occasion and we are hoping to spend a few hours in the building on the afternoon of Wednesday 29 August with various opportunities for entertainment. The original film projectors are still in situ and we hope to get these operational to at least run film clips. There will be an opportunity to tour the building and we will organise a buffet style reception.

This event is very much in the planning stages but I hope to include visits on other days, possibly to other former ABC cinemas or buildings new to the CTA or ones we have not visited for some years. I will organise a hotel that can accommodate those who wish to travel to Manchester but we will also cater for those who want to attend the birthday day only or live locally.

Full details will be in the July Bulletin; however an expression of interest would be appreciated as soon as possible and once the format is decided, those who have expressed an interest will be notified first. There may be a restriction on the number of places available.

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Please send your expression of interest in this event with SAE to: David Eve, Far Ends, 28 Courtenay Road, Lower Parkstone, Poole, BH14 OHD

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].

Porto

It has been decided that owing to the poor availability of hotel accommodation in Porto in May 2018 for the dates we require, the visit will be deferred to 2019 instead.