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 CTA 50th Anniversary Visit -
Return to Tooting Granada (Gala Bingo)

Sunday 26th February 2017

Organised by Ken Roe

To continue our 50th Anniversary celebrations, members and associate members are invited to join us at the Granada Theatre, Tooting (now Gala Bingo & Grade I Listed). The reason we choose Tooting is that ‘day & date’ it also celebrates the first ever CTA visit, which was to the Granada Tooting on Sunday 26 February 1967.

Membership was small in that first year and 15 members attended to see the building, which was then still operating as a cinema. Films were supplemented by concerts, stage shows, pantomimes, circus (with live animals) and even wrestling, which kept the Granada open until it was suddenly closed as a cinema on 10 November 1973 (it had been Grade II* Listed in June 1972). The building lay unused until 14 October 1976 when it re-opened as a Bingo Club. It was given Grade I Listed status on 28 September 2000, the only 1930s cinema to be given this honour.

Prior to the visit to the Granada, Ken will take us on a short walking tour looking at the exteriors of other local former cinemas, including the Odeon Balham (wine shop), Classic Tooting Bec (carpet store & nightclub), Mayfair (ABC) Tooting (Muslim community centre) and Electric Palace (Asian community hall).

For information about times and where to meet, please log in to the Members' Area.

Meet at 3pm at Clapham South (Northern Line) tube (for the Odeon Balham). You will need a Zones 1-3 Oyster card to travel, as we will then travel by tube (2 stops) to Tooting Bec and then walk to the Granada.

For those who wish to go straight to the Granada, we will meet there at 4pm. Please do not enter the building before 4pm as bingo will be in session ! Take the Northern Line to Tooting Broadway and turn right out of the station, the Granada (Gala Bingo) is 100 yards on the right, along Mitcham Road.

The visit will end at 6pm.

Booking: This is a free visit for CTA members and Associate members only. Please register your intention of attending by telephoning the Visits Registration number 0208 800 8393 leaving your name(s), membership/associate number(s) and contact number on the answering machine. Registration for the visit will close on 18 February.

A Trip Down Memory Lane, to mark the CTA's 50th Anniversary

Saturday 11 March

Organised by Richard Norman

A special Members' Slide Show and Social event has been arranged to reflect a varied selection of our past national and international CTA visits and tours from edited movies taken by members themselves. An opportunity to relive some memorable experiences and see some members' participation. We hope also to include short presentations of some members' slides. The CTA Bookstall will be available

Email: or
phone: 0208 668 6077 or
letter: 4 Oakhill Lodge, Reedham Drive, Purley, CR8 4DT.

For more information about where and when, please log into the Members' area

Doors Opoen: 5.00 for a start at 5.30pm

Venue: The Gallery at Alan Baxter's, 75 Cowcross Street, Farringdon, London EC1M 6EL

Admission on the door: Members and Guests: £8 each (Members presenting a show: no charge) Admission includes entry to a raffle and light refreshments and drinks.

Coming Soon

After the Final Curtain

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.

North by North East

26 - 29 April 2017 - Organised by David Eve

CTA North is planning a four-day event to revisit some favourite Cinemas and Theatres in the beautiful North East and some new venues in the Scottish Borders. We hope to include a visit to the Civic Theatre Darlington, a visit to the famous Beamish Museum and travel via Newcastle to Alnwick, Berwick and the Borders returning via the romantic Northumberland Coast before returning to Darlington.

For more information, please log in to the members' Area

The visit will be designed to allow members to travel from the South of the UK and return home within the dates selected.

Hotel accommodation will be in three different locations and therefore it is only practical to travel on the coach, leaving any personal vehicles in Darlington at a safe car park. The hotels earmarked will have character and therefore some rooms will be different in size and non-standard.There will be a single supplement applied where needed but members should enjoy the locality of where we stay and evening meals will be included in the package.

To register your interest please send a stamped addressed envelope to:David Eve, CTA North, 3 Barberry Bank, Egerton, Bolton, BL7 9UJ.