On leaving Farringdon Underground (old) station (not
the Turnmill Street exit) turn left – or when leaving Farringdon Main
Line (new) station, turn right – walk east 150 yards towards the
‘SnappySnaps’ shop. The entrance to the Gallery is opposite; walk
through the large gates and across the courtyard to the far end, turn
right down the steps and you’re there!
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
The six-screen Vue cinema in Eltham High Street, SE9 1BJ opened in April 2019 and we will be able to visit on Wednesday 9 October at 11am. After a short walk along Eltham High Street we will then visit the Bob Hope Theatre in Wythfield Road, SE9 5TG and hear of the recent improvements that have been carried out. Following a lunch break we head to Welling on the B15 bus to view the former Odeon, now the church of Freedom Centre International, situated in Upper Wickham Lane, DA16 3HF, commencing our conducted visit at 2:30pm.
There will be a charge of £6 for visit notes, which will be available on the day. Please register your interest for this visit on the visits and events phone number, 020 8800 8393. Getting there: Eltham station is served with trains from London on the Bexleyheath line to Dartford via Victoria, Charing Cross, Cannon Street, London Bridge, New Cross and Lewisham. Buses from the station go to Eltham High Street, stopping outside Marks and Spencer’s, almost opposite the cinema. The 161 bus does not turn into the High Street. Alternatively Sidcup line trains to Dartford stop at Mottingham where a 126 bus will stop near the . Public car parking at Sainsbury’s, behind the , is entered from Passey Place or Messeter Place. After the visits, return to London can be via Eltham or from Welling station on the Bexleyheath line.
Light orchestral music formed a significant part of 20th Century popular culture, so not surprisingly it found its way into the cinema-going experience of the pre-Beatles era. Through historic recordings and vintage broadcasts, this presentation will feature the orchestras of the Commodore Hammersmith and Troxy Stepney, among others, accompanied by images of the cinemas they performed in. It will also feature compositions by theatre organists including Sidney Torch and Louis Mordish. Also, hear how the Pearl & Dean theme went after the pillars faded and all about Joan Sims’ “larky goings-on in the two and threes”.
Martin Cleave has a lifelong interest in music. He began learning to play the piano at the age of 7 and is currently Pianist and Music Manager at the Royal Academy of Dance. In his spare time he is conductor for the ‘Eltham Park Pleasant Sunday Afternoon Orchestra’. Martin is also a long-time member of the CTA.
We have been liaising with ‘Travel Editions’ and making reasonable progress with our trip to Porto. Unfortunately the cost of the trip, plus hotels within our price range for our proposed September 2019 visit is almost impossible to find. The poor exchange rate with the Euro is also proving a major obstacle.