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

Double Feature: a visit to Catford and Eltham

Saturday 12 May

organised by Ray Ritmeester

We have arranged a tour of the Broadway Theatre, Catford followed by a visit to the Mecca Bingo, former Odeon Eltham Hill.

The Broadway Theatre opened as the Catford Public Halls in June 1932 as part of the Town Hall and was designed by Bradshaw, Gass and Hope for multi-purpose use. It was initially equipped for screening silent films only in the main hall. It was later re-named the Lewisham Theatre, becoming the Broadway in the 1980s.

The second venue is the former Odeon Eltham Hill, located on Eltham Hill at the corner of Kingsground. The Odeon opened on 14 April 1938. It was later renamed the Gaumont as it was very close to the other Odeon in Eltham at Well Hall. It was closed by the Rank Organisation on 19 June 1967 and converted into a Top Rank Club, operating today as a Mecca Bingo Club.

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We shall meet outside the Broadway Theatre from 12:45pm to commence our tour at 1pm.

The Broadway Theatre is situated in Catford Broadway, with Catford and Catford Bridge Stations about 5 minutes’ walk away. Many bus routes pass the theatre, including routes 47, 54, 75, 124, 136, 171 & 199. We shall continue later by bus to reach the Mecca, Eltham Hill, please bring your Mecca membership card to speed up admission.

This is a free visit, although notes will be available on the day for a small charge. Please register using the events’ registration phone number 020 8800 8393, leaving your name and contact number; any other queries please by email to [r.ritmeester@sky.com].

This is a free visit, although notes will be available on the day for a small charge. Please register using the events’ registration phone number 020 8800 8393, leaving your name and contact number; any other queries please by email to [r.ritmeester@sky.com].

To Hull and Back: 27 to 29 July

Incorporating the CTA Annual General Meeting during the afternoon of Saturday 28 July. A visit organised by David and Margaret Williams to Hull and the surrounding area, following on from its tenure as the UK City of Culture in 2017. Further details with travel and hotel arrangements will be in the next issue of the Bulletin.


A Wander around North Warwickshire and Beyond

Postponed - a new date to be arranged

Organised by Peter Lea and Richard Norman

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: 17 February 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].

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.