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!
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
New cinema screens are on the increase with the takeover and
enhancement of existing cinemas and redevelopment of other properties.
Companies such as Everyman, Picturehouse and Curzon are
spearheading this new flurry of activity.
This event will kick off at 10am at the recently opened Everyman
Crystal Palace, a venue which has seen a great deal of to-ing and
fro-ing in recent years; film, bingo and church ownership to name but
a few. Moving on later using public transport to the West Norwood Picturehouse, we are also hoping to secure entry to another venue
before finishing at the former Capitol Forest Hill, now operating as a
JD Wetherspoons pub.
A charge of £5.00 for the visit will be collected on the day. Visit notes
and light refreshments included. Please register your interest on the
visits and events phone number, 020 8800 8393.
Getting there: The Everyman Crystal Palace is situated in Church
Road, Crystal Palace, SE19. The London Overground station is about
ten minutes’ walk away and the cinema is directly served by many bus
services, including routes 3, 122, 157, 202, 227, 249 & 363.
These two events are linked but members can select either or both,
which will take place in the Bournemouth and Poole area of Dorset this
spring. Long-standing CTA members David Eve and Gary Trinder have
relocated to Poole and, having for many years organised visits for the
CTA in the North, hope to arrange things on the South Coast. With this
in mind we are launching CTA Wessex and are having a social evening
on Monday 18 March in Poole with a buffet and some entertainment.
We are looking at a venue near to a railway station on the Waterloo–
Poole line if anyone wants to come down from London for the day.The next day Tuesday, members who wish to stay over will have the
opportunity of having a tour of the Regent Cinema/Theatre Christchurch,
which includes a museum of cinema equipment and displays of
local cinema history, which has been lovingly put together by John,
Phillip and Barry, all CTA members. This will take place in the morning
and in the evening we will be attending the BournemouthPavilion’s
90th birthday celebration with a screening of the Warner Brothers
classic, 42nd Street. This will be a Gala style presentation with an
orchestra before the screening and a chance to hear the wonderful
Compton Organ, which has been under the careful watch of the
Pavilion’s Christian Knighton for many years.
I have not reserved any accommodation for members at this stage as
individual’s may wish to attend part or all of the two days of activities.
Once I get an indication of those who may wish to attend in March, I
will respond with more detailed plans. It would be useful however to
know which elements appeal to members.
Please send SAE to: CTA Wessex, Far Ends, 28 Courtenay Road, Lower
Parkstone, Poole, BH14 OHD.
Some CTA members will no doubt have heard of, or possibly own a
copy of the book Modern Theatres and Cinemas by P Morton Shand,
published in 1930. This seminal book, which despite the title deals
principally with cinema design, was virtually the only major study of the
subject published in Britain for nearly forty years. And what makes
Morton Shand’s book still so interesting today is that it is not merely a
study of the subject but rather an outspoken polemic that denounces
as much as it praises and probably enrages as many readers as are
enthused by it. The author led an intriguing lifestyle but is barely
remembered at all nowadays and surprisingly little has been written
about him, yet he played a significant role throughout the first half of
the 20th Century in the cultural life of Britain. For several years David
Vinnels has been researching Morton Shand and his talk will endeavour
to unravel the complex tale of this extraordinary man and his
amazingly eclectic life and work.
In his illustrated talk, Gerald Glover (CTA Public
Relations Officer) tells of his move from Granada Theatres (Sidney
Bernstein) to Sydney (Australia) where he leased the Mayfair Theatre
(cinema) Castlereagh Street at the end of its theatrical life. Afterwards
he moved to Melbourne, where he managed Barry Humphries At Least
You Can Say You’ve Seen It at the Comedy Theatre, Lilian Gish and the
Movies at the Princess Theatre, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
at His (not Her) Majesty's Theatre and Abel Gance’s Napoleon with full
orchestra in Melbourne Concert Hall.
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.