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

Christmas with Mirth in Walthamstow

Wednesday 20 December

This year’s Christmas party will 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 ! We hope to see the left-hand screening room but most likely not the main auditorium. We have also arranged to visit the adjacent multiplex, the Empire, opened last year. This forms part of a residential and retail development with Pollard Thomas Edwards being the architects. It comprises nine screens and we hope to have a guided tour of all of them.

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Empire visit will be at 5.00pm, and the Christmas party at 6:30pm

Wine or soft drinks and special nibbles will be served. Tickets, £12.00 each, available in advance please, from Richard Gray, 45 Arnold Road, London E3 4NU. Please enclose SAE, with cheques made out to theCinema Theatre Association. The Mirth, Marvel and Maud also serves suppers and tables for this can be booked when requesting tickets for the party.

Getting there: the Empire is almost on the corner of Hoe Street and the High Street in Walthamstow. The best way to get there is by taking the Victoria Line tube or London Overground to Walthamstow Central. From the Victoria Line proceed up the stairs to the Overground platform and turn right on coming out of the station, then turn left to walk 3 minutes up Hoe Street. The Empire is on the left at the junction with the High Street. The Granada (‘Mirth’) still displaying its EMD vertical sign is next door, around the corner to the right of the Empire.

Members Slide Show & Social

Organised by Richard Norman

Saturday 13 January 2018, 5.30pm (Doors open 5.00)

An opportunity to socialise with members and guests with light refreshments including wine available. The CTA’s bookstall will be open for the purchase of a wide range of cinema history books and other related topics.

Members wishing to submit talks and material please email: [RichardNormanCTA@aol.com].

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Admittance: £8.00 on the door. Guests welcome. (Includes wine and light refreshments)

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

To find The Gallery, at Alan Baxter Associates, 75 Cowcross Street, Farringdon, London EC1M 6EL: leave Farringdon (old) station (not the Turnmill Street exit), turn left – or when leaving Farringdon Main Line station, turn right – and walk east 150 yards towards ‘Snappy Snaps’ shop. Entrance to The Gallery is opposite; walk through the large gates, cross the courtyard to the far end, turn right down the steps and you’re there!

Brief Encounters on Film

by Richard Norman and Ken Roe

Saturday 3 February at 1.30pm (Doors open 12.30pm)

A chance for Members in the North to see this illustrated talk depicting various cinema and theatre buildings (interiors and exteriors) used during location scenes in feature films. There will be a 30 minute prelude on one of the cinema organs housed at the Heritage Centre. The talk will include at about 4.00pm.

Venue: The Theatre Organ Heritage Centre, Alexandra Road, Peel Green, Eccles, Manchester, M30 7HJ (with free parking).

Admission: £5.00 – tickets sold on the door. Light refreshments available.

This presentation is held in collaboration with the Lancastrian Theatre Organ Trust

After the Final Curtain

An illustrated talk by Matt Lambros.

Saturday 24 February 2018 5.30pm (doors open 5.00pm)

A collection of high quality photographic images and a revue of US Movie Palaces from his recently published book of the same title. Our guest speaker is visiting the CTA from the US where he has acquired a strong reputation for the quality of his photographic and publications work of movie palaces. We are pleased to welcome him to the UK for the first time to sample some of his creative work.

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Admittance: £10.00 on the door. Guests welcome. (Includes wine and light refreshments)

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

To find The Gallery, at Alan Baxter Associates, 75 Cowcross Street, Farringdon, London EC1M 6EL: leave Farringdon (old) station (not the Turnmill Street exit), turn left – or when leaving Farringdon Main Line station, turn right – and walk east 150 yards towards ‘Snappy Snaps’ shop. Entrance to The Gallery is opposite; walk through the large gates, cross the courtyard to the far end, turn right down the steps and you’re there!

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.