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

Around Hackney Districts

Wednesday 19 April

Organised by Ken Roe

Using the London Overground (former Richmond – Stratford North London Line) to travel Homerton to Dalston Kingsland, we will visit three districts in the east London Borough of Hackney.

At 10.30am we call at the Castle Cinema, 64 Brooksby's Walk, Homerton, and at 12.00, the Rio Cinema, 107 Kingsland High Street, Dalston

Following a tour of the latter, we will take a short walk to the district of Stoke Newington to view the exteriors of the former Savoy/ABC/Ace (WR Glen 1936-1984) (now in mixed use as a snooker club, function room and retail). We pass the sites of the now demolished Electric Coliseum Cinema (1913-1972) and the Frank Matcham designed Alexandra Theatre(1897-1950) and onto the Apollo Picture House/Ambassador/Astra (now a mosque). Time permitting we may walk further to see the exterior of the Majestic/Vogue (1919-1958) (now a restaurant).

We then return to the Rio Cinema to attend their 2:00pm ‘Classic Film Matinée’ (film title to be announced). Admission £2.00 including tea & biscuits.
Arrangements: Tube connections to this branch of the London Overground are: Richmond/Kew Gardens & Gunnersbury (District Line), Willesden Junction (Bakerloo Line), West Hampstead (Jubilee Line), Highbury & Islington (Victoria Line) and Stratford (Central Line/Jubilee Line/Docklands Light Railway). From Homerton Overground Station (Zone 2): (Walking 3-4 minutes) turn left out of the station and immediate left under the railway bridge walking up Barnabas Road you see St Barnabas Church straight ahead on Homerton High Street. Cross over to the other side of Homerton High Street beside the church and walk to the right (keeping the church on your left). Turn left at the corner of Homerton High Street into Brooksby’s Walk. The Castle Cinema is about 300 yards up on the right. Entrance to the Castle Cinema is via the (narrow) stairs to the former circle on the right of the building. Walk back to Homerton Overground Station and take a westbound train to Dalston Kingsland Overground Station (Zone 2): travel 2 stops. Turn left out of the station and the Rio Cinema is 100 yards on the left.

Booking: This is a free visit for members & associate members only (pay £2:00 at the Rio for the Classic Film Matinée). Please register your intention of attending by telephoning the Visit Registration number 0208 800 8393 leaving your name(s), membership / associate number(s) and contact phone number on the answering machine.

Registration for the visit will close on 9 April.

North by North East

26 - 29 April 2017

Organised by David Eve

Applications for the CTA North four-day event to cinemas and theatres in the North East and the Scottish Borders have now closed. We have used up our room allocations at the various hotels and it’s not feasible to negotiate further rooms at our discounted price. If any member wants to place their names on a reserve list in case of a late cancellation of a pre-booked place, please leave your details by telephone on my home number 01204 598 608.

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.

CTA Annual General Meeting

Saturday 13 May at 12.30pm

The AGM this year will be held at the ‘Memo’ in Newbridge, Gwent, South Wales. It will include a tour of the building and light refreshments.

The Memorial Hall dates from 1924 and functioned as a multi-purpose venue for this small mining town, Cinema was included from the start up until 1972. The ‘Memo' as it is locally known continued to function until it finally closed in 2003. The campaign to save the ‘Memo' was started and the building featured in the 2004 BBC2 programme Restoration. After many years of fundraising and hard work by local people the restoration of the ‘Memo' was finally completed in 2014. The CTA visited the ‘Memo' in our visit to the area in June 2004; this would be a great opportunity for members who came on the last event to see results of the restoration.

Getting there: Newbridge has a railway station, which is a short walk to the ‘Memo'. The railway service serving Newbridge starts from Cardiff. Connections for anyone coming from London or the East are better served by a frequent bus service from Newport Station to Newbridge.

For anyone only wishing to attend the AGM details can be obtained by sending a SAE to the address below.

Nominations for committee members are invited and should be sent to the Secretary, Adam Unger, 59 Harrowdene Gardens, Teddington, TW11 0DJ
to arrive seven days before the meeting.

South Wales Eastern Valleys Tour & AGM

Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 May

We shall be touring a variety of venues over this short weekend tour; including the AGM in Newbridge on the Saturday afternoon. Over the course of the weekend we hope to include the Maxime Cinema, Blackwood, Market Hall Cinema, Brynmawr, Olympia, Tredegar, Workman's Hall, Blaenavon and others.

We shall be based in Newport, with coaches on both days, departing from Newport on the Saturday morning at about 10:45am and finishing in Newport at about 6:00pm on the Sunday evening. Hotels will not be included as part of the tour; there is varied accommodation in Newport, including Travelodge and Premier Inn etc. The cost will include coaches and some meals and refreshments and any other incidental charges.

For full details of itinerary and how to obtain a booking form, please log in to the Members' Area

For full details of itinerary and a booking form, please send SAE to Ray Ritmeester, 66 Woodside Road, High Wycombe, HP13 7JB.

For any travel or hotel enquiries (including early booking of rail tickets) feel free to email me at [] or telephone on 07852 761842.

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.