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.

There are in-person events which are usually for members only, and also online events which can be enjoyed by anyone, although members pay less for their tickets - so why not join us to enjoy all the benefits of CTA membership?

Full details of events are provided in the bi-monthly Bulletin

CTA OFFERS A MIX OF ONLINE AND IN-PERSON EVENTS

For further COVID related information and how the CTA is responding, please see the information panel at the bottom of this page.

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ONLINE EVENT

hotel cinema

Saturday 9th July at 5:30pm UK BST / 9.30am US PDT / 12.30pm US CDT

HOTELS WITH CINEMAS - from Le Metropole to Le Paradiso

By Harold Manning

The concept of a cinema built either into or attached to a hotel is not new. The earliest scheme can be traced back to the late 1920s, and today there is a resurgence of these schemes built and promoted in different guises. These schemes would serve the general public, or as an exclusive service for hotel guests, or even have a dual role.

Some stunning architectural designs were created particularly to match the status of the host hotel and this was more prevalent in some European countries. In the UK probably the most notable was London’s Mayfair hotel and recently several other UK hotel-cinema sites particularly London’s boutique hotel chains, include cinemas.

Our presenter Harold Manning’s interest in this novel subject started in 1990 when he discovered Le Métropole (built 1932 with 3000 seats), Brussels, (“It was just magical” he says) and it captured his imagination to research the historical background and interpretation of the cinemas’ relationship with its mother hotel. This gem closed in 1994 but fortunately, its architecturally ornate exterior remains. This fascinatingly-illustrated talk will cover the historical background and cities such as Paris, Berlin or Madrid, and more.

English-born Harold currently lives in Paris. He has produced several documentaries, and has also been involved with the BFI. He also teaches film criticism, exhibition and distribution at La Fémis, and is one of the programmers of L'Alcazar in Asnières near Paris, one of the oldest art-houses in France.

(Talk No.19)

(Image - Le Plaza, Brussels- courtesy Harold Manning)

ALSO....OPEN CHAT SESSION

After the main event has finished stay on as you are invited to join us in the lively and popular ‘pub chat’ session, discussing cinema-related topics of your choosing that you would like to share with others. If you prefer to listen, then feel free to just enjoy listening! You are welcome in any situation. You don’t have to stay to the end and you can leave whenever other activities call. This is an open-ended meeting, closing when either the conversation or the virtual ‘pub bar’ runs dry!

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CTA TALKS AND PRESENTATIONS ARE OPEN TO EVERYONE - MEMBERS AND NON-MEMBERS ALIKE.

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TICKETS - £3 FOR CTA MEMBERS / £5 FOR OTHERS - PER DEVICE

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PLEASE NOTE: BOOKING CLOSES 30 MINUTES BEFORE THE START TIME OF THE TALK

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westcliff palace

IN-PERSON EVENT

An Archival Day at the Seaside
Saturday 23rd July 10:30am

at the Cinema Theatre Association Archive, Essex, SS4 1LB

The CTA Archive moved to its present location in March 2019. With twice as much space as before, it has been possible to get all our lovely memorabilia out of its bags and boxes and put it on display, where it belongs. This has resulted in some very eye-catching displays, which have considerably enhanced the traditional ‘information’ side of the Archive. As March 2020 approached, with the work well underway, we were gearing up for the ‘official’ CTA visit – when the pandemic hit! The only good news is that the enforced delay meant that the work has now been completed, so all our wonderful memorabilia is now on view: and what displays they are! So we are delighted to invite you to join us as we open up the Archive for this very first ‘official’ visit! But this is not all!

The day will include a visit to the Grade II-listed PALACE THEATRE in nearby Westcliff and a photo-stop at the former PLAZA in the Southend suburb of Southchurch. You will also have time for a lunch break and a pleasant stroll along Southend’s ‘Golden Mile!'

Event organised by David Simpson & Clive Polden

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TICKETS - £20 FOR CTA MEMBERS / £20 FOR OTHERS

PLEASE NOTE: LIMITED AVAILABILITY - BOOK NOW TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT

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Visits and Events - a COVID-19 update

The COVID-19 pandemic and government restrictions has prevented the Cinema Theatre Association arranging its usual schedule of group visits, talks and meetings, etc. To ensure that our members can still have the opportunity to come together, the CTA Events team has worked hard to create a new Digital team which now brings you online “virtual” talks using the latest ZOOM meeting technology.

These virtual talks have proved increasingly popular since starting in December 2020. Held on the first Saturday of every month at 5.30pm, you can enjoy a cinema-related presentation all from the comfort of your own home. As well as attracting those who are able to attend our in-person events, using this new online technology allows many people to join in who previously would not have been able to participate- whether because of time, location, ability to travel or otherwise.

All you need to enjoy the online events is an email address and an internet connection, and a device to watch on- whether that’s a PC, tablet, laptop or smartphone.

The programmes so far have included cinema pioneers, amateur filmmakers, projectionists, cinema preservation, cinema architecture styles including Atmospherics and Egyptian and more, including visits to America, India and around the world! Not bad considering we’ve only been going for a few months!

Embracing this new technology has also allowed us to build relationships with international colleagues, for example the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation, and we hope to increase this in time. We are all united in the desire to preserve our beloved cinema buildings, and collaboration reaps benefits for all parties.

The online events have also been increasing access to our work from those who are interested but not yet members. Thus, online talks available to global audiences are a great way to spread the word and encourage more people to consider joining the CTA.

As we gradually return to enjoying face-to-face meetings and in-person visits, the CTA will benefit from creating a range of participation offers to widen our audience, so that the CTA can raise its voice through raising its membership.