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!
I have been approached by the Picturedrome Operations Manager
Spencer Clark to help them celebrate the Picturedrome’s centenary.
Although the actual birthday has passed, Operator Adam Cunard was
keen not to let this milestone pass and there will be events planned for
Friday 17 January with a period film show and an exhibition of cinema
At the moment the planning is on-going and the film and
the events are still being selected by the management team. In order to
publicise the event and secure seats for the CTA on the evening of 17
January, this trailer is being advertised in this final Bulletin of 2019. The Picturedrome
is a wonderful period cinema and extra screens have
been added recently in keeping with its historic listed status.For more information as to what’s planned please send SAE to: David
Eve, CTA Wessex, Far Ends, 28 Courtenay Road, Lower Parkstone,
BH14 0HD. Please include your email address and telephone number
for updates. It will be the start of December before I will be in touch.
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
In the first of what we hope to be a short series of events featuring
international guest speakers, the CTA welcomes back noted cinema
theatre photographer Matt Lambros from the USA, who splendidly
entertained a ‘full house’ in February 2018 with interior images he
had taken of long closed movie theatres in the USA, which were
featured in his book After the Final Curtain – The Fall of the American
Movie Theater. The quality of the images were truly amazing and we
were stunned by his ability to photograph the beauty of dereliction in
such difficult circumstances, while Matt gave running comments on
his exploits and adventures gaining access into theatre buildings that
had been abandoned for decades.
Matt’s book was so successful he has released After the Final Curtain:
America’s Abandoned Theaters, copies of which will be available for
sale to CTA members on the evening. Come early to grab your seat for
another evening of images of what remains after the last ticket was
Venue: The Gallery, at Alan Baxter Associates, 75 Cowcross Street,
Farringdon, London, EC1M 6EL (see opposite for travel directions)
Admittance: £10 on the door. Guests welcome (includes wine and
The CTA Bookstall will be at the event. Limited copies
of Matt's book will be on sale and available for signing.
Exmoor is one of Britain’s finest landscapes. Large areas of open moorland contrast with wooded valleys, high sea cliffs and magnificent coastal views – a landscape that has inspired poets, writers and artists for hundreds of years. Surrounding the moor are market towns, picturesque villages, seaside resorts and small ports, where there are some sixteen functioning venues and around twenty former cinemas still standing.
Those currently operating are a mixture of traditional single screens, multi-use venues including theatres occasionally on film, conversions of earlier buildings and one purpose-built multiplex. They are the Central Cinema and the Queen’s Theatre in Barnstaple, the Deckchair Cinema, Croyde, the Dulverton Cinema in Dulverton, the Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington, the Embassy cinema and the Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe, the Lynton Cinema in Lynton, the Regal and the ABC in Minehead, the Twitchen House Cinema at Mortehoe, the Brewhouse and the Odeon in Taunton, the Tivoli in Tiverton and the Wellesley in Wellington. The Woolacombe Bay Hotel, an extravagant 1880s ‘Tudorbethan’ pile, has recently opened a luxury first-run bijou cinema, the Neo, where a private screening is planned as part of the tour.
Foremost amongst former cinema buildings is the listed Gaumont (later Odeon, now bingo), Taunton, with its grandiose Art Deco interior. Other former venues now mothballed, in other use, altered or partially demolished include the Regal and the Foresters Hall Picture House in Barnstaple, the Plaza, the Agricultural Inn, The Cinema, and the Parish Hall in Braunton, the Palace, the Alexander Theatre and the Northfield Picture House in Ilfracombe, the BB, the Methodist Hall and Town Hall Cinema in Lynton, the Cosy and the Queen's Hall in Minehead, the County Cinema in Taunton, the Memorial Rooms in Tiverton, the Ritz and the Cosy in Watchet and the Rex in Wellington.The week-long tour, planned for the first week in June 2020,will circumnavigate Exmoor visiting or making photo-stops at as many of these venues as time and circumstances permit. To register your interest and receive details of the tour itinerary, joining instructions and a booking form, please send an email to [email@example.com]. Alternatively, send SAE to David Vinnels, CTA Exmoor, 24 Cloudesley Square, London, N1 0HN to arrive by Monday 10 February.
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.