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 "Double Bill" of Illustrated Talks

Saturday 28 October 2017 at 6.30pm (Doors open 6.00pm)

The History of the Palace Theatre, Westcliff-on-Sea by David Simpson

David, a CTA member and the archivist at the Palace Theatre, Westcliff- on-Sea, presents an illustrated talk about this lovely provincial theatre from conception in 1905, through its eventual opening in October 1912 and its many trials and tribulations in the years since then. It’s also the story of one remarkable woman, whose legacy provided the foundation of the theatre’s success today. Over the years management companies have come and gone and there have been periods of closure but the Grade II listed theatre has defied all the odds. With just 600 seats it has an intimacy beloved of performers and we’ll hear about some famous names who started their careers at this lovely theatre.

The Phoenix Finchley and its Amazing Survival by Gerry Turvey

Gerry has been associated with the Phoenix for a considerable time and has fully researched its amazing history, producing a book on the subject. The Phoenix is often referred to as one the very few oldest surviving cinemas in continuous use. His illustrated presentation will inform us about its initial guise as the Picturedrome, changing its name as it evolved through changes of ownership and commercial pressure, the threats it experienced, the physical changes it underwent and how its polices allowed it to survive against competition in Finchley and Muswell Hill from the development of new concerns like the Gaumont and other big local cinemas of the 1930s.

Venue: The Gallery at Alan Baxter Associates, 75 Cowcross Street, Farringdon, London EC1M 6EL (see below for travel directions).

Admittance: £8 on the door (includes light refreshments), Non-Members welcome as guests.

Brief Encounters on Film

by Richard Norman and Ken Roe

Saturday 18 November at 5.30pm (Doors open 5pm)

Taking its title from the 1945 British classic film Brief Encounter, this illustrated talk reviews some feature films that used actual cinema or theatre buildings (interiors and exteriors) as a location for part of the plot. Using film clips, this will be a chance to rediscover vanished and surviving buildings and show how studio tricks and disguises were employed to create a scene. This joint presentation will be of interest to cinema and theatre enthusiasts and movie buffs. The talk will include a break for light refreshments.

Venue: The Gallery at Alan Baxter Associates, 75 Cowcross Street, Farringdon, London EC1M 6EL (see below for travel directions).

Admittance: £8 on the door (includes light refreshments), Non-Members welcome as guests.

Thursday 23 November

There is also a chance for Members on the South coast to see the above CTA presentation, In collaboration with the Pavilion Theatre Bournemouth, it has been arranged to present the above talk following their season’s final lunchtime organ concert of light music. (Organist John Mann).

1:00pm – John Mann’s organ concert (£3.50) (1 hour duration)
2:00pm – Refreshment break
3.00pm - Brief Encounters on Film (£5.00) (2 hour duration) Tickets only available on the door (no advance booking).

Christmas with Mirth in Walthamstow

Wednesday 20 December

Put Wednesday 20 December in your diary as the date for this year’s Christmas party to be held at the ‘Mirth, Marvel and Maud’ bar, located in what were the foyer areas of the former Granada Hoe Street, Walthamstow in north-east London.

The Granada, dating from 1930, was one of the most spectacular of the circuit’s cinemas and is now listed Grade II*. The auditorium awaits restoration but meanwhile the Antic pub group are utilising the foyers to good effect – ‘Mirth’ conjurers up to the convivial atmosphere of a pub, ‘Marvel’ is the cinema itself and ‘Maud’ refers to one of the screening rooms under the balcony! The party will start at 6:30pm but we hope also to visit to other cinema buildings in the area during the afternoon. More details in the next Bulletin.

Forthcoming talks and presentations:

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.

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 next May for the dates we require, the visit will be deferred to 2019 instead.