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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
For further COVID related information and how the CTA is responding, please see the information panel at the bottom of this page.
A new feature bringing cinema enthusiasts a variety of topics of interest, intrigue and reminiscences. This edition will have a distinct Scottish flavour and end with a photo quiz and then transfer to the open chat session for those who may wish to participate.
Is this Edinburgh’s secret cinema? Enthusiasts not only enjoy visiting the cinema to see films they also make and show films in their own cinema built for the purpose. Edinburgh has attracted many amateur film makers, all of whom now work digitally rather than with film. The Edinburgh Ciné and Video Society (ECVS) is well established with its roots dating back to 1936, still flourishing with a keen and active membership. They are also proud of the major refurbishment of their premises when the Queen Mother attended to unveil a plaque marking the occasion. Peter Kendrick is a member of both the CTA and the ECVS (above) and tells the interesting story of this film makers’ society, of how they evolved, make films and how they made the transition from ciné to video whilst some members ‘rebelled’ at the very suggestion! Peter’s presentation is illustrated with photographs and film clips.
The CTA is pleased to welcome the curator and co-founder of the Cinema Museum in London to recall his interesting career, when in the 1950s, he worked as a projectionist in the Donald family-run circuit of cinemas and other entertainments, where they owned and operated most of the cinemas in Aberdeen. His experience covered working in several of the cinemas, now vanished. The talk will be illustrated with photographs and rare film clips from his personal collection. It was whilst Ronald worked in Aberdeen – and by a chance meeting in the street with a donor – that Ronald started collecting cinema apparatus and artefacts. In conjunction with Martin Humphries (co-founder), as their collection expanded it led to establishing the Cinema Museum in which to display them.
A guest photographer is invited to provide a dozen photographs from their personal collection for a quiz. Members can participate in the quiz and we will open the chat room for viewers to offer their answers.
An extension to the above talks is an invitation to participate in an open chat session about cinema-related topics of your choosing that you may wish to share with others.
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The current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic and government
restrictions has prevented the Cinema Theatre Association, in common with many other organisations, from arranging its usual schedule
of group visits, talks and meetings, etc. Many of our members have
expressed a natural desire for the opportunity to come together using
the latest ZOOM meeting technology. The CTA has therefore been
working on a programme of virtual talks and presentations for the
future and very much hope that this will be an active substitute for a
much-missed getting together of enthusiasts.
The virtual talks will enable us to show you at home a programme on
your computer tablet, laptop or PC and, of course, gives us wider
scope to offer these talks to any location with an Internet connection
(and an e-mail address), both nationally and internationally. The
programme will be a mixture of speakers presenting their subject live
with perhaps interaction of participating members in, for example, a
Q+A session or to make their own comments. We will also be repeating some talks that were previously given at our London meetings for
the wider audience and showing some members’ videos of their
favourite CTA visits from the past. It’s all very exciting to be able recall
some of our memorable pastimes!We hope that as many members (and their family and friends) as
possible will find the time to participate in the new world of on-line
virtual meetings. Simply follow the instructions given in the individual HOW TO BOOK information for each event belowMembers may wish to contribute by way of a donation to support this
new way of involving a wider audience. A donation may be sent using
PayPal with your computer or smartphone to: [firstname.lastname@example.org]
or by cheque or credit/debit card directly to the Membership Secretary,