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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.
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
For further COVID related information and how the CTA is responding, please see the information panel at the bottom of this page.
Campbeltown Picture House
By Gordon Barr and Gary Painter
Scottish cinema buildings are unusual for their range and variety, with some surprisingly far-flung influences and influencers. While Scotland's great Victorian and Edwardian theatres were mostly designed by specialist English theatre architects, almost all cinemas north of the border were designed by local architects, many of whom went on to build or influence cinemas across the UK and beyond. From James McKissack to William R Glen, Albert V Gardner to Thomas Lamb, McNair & Elder to B Marcus Priteca: this talk will tell just some of the stories of the role of Scotland’s specialist cinema architects both at home and abroad and how they turned Glasgow from second City of the Empire into the Empire’s premier Cinema City.
This talk by duo Gordon Barr & Gary Painter (www.ScottishCinemas.org) will also set the scene by giving a whistle-stop tour of converted skating rinks, factories and churches, via the earliest purpose-built halls, the peculiarly Scottish ‘back-court’ theatres, to the finest thirties art deco super-cinemas, stopping off to highlight some of the most interesting buildings and unusual discoveries [including camels, monkeys and prancing deer!] they have made along the way. This talk will appeal to those new to the subject as well as established enthusiasts who might be unfamiliar with Scottish examples of otherwise familiar styles.
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!
TICKETS ARE £3 FOR CTA MEMBERS AND £5 FOR OTHERS
PLEASE NOTE: BOOKING CLOSES AT 4.30pm ON THE DAY OF THE TALK
Stefanie Fischer will use selected examples of cinemas to illustrate their role at the heart of local communities as more than cinemas: the disruption presented by the advent of urban multiplexes; the opportunity to re-establish local neighbourhood cinemas presented the change over from film to digital distribution and the anticipated interest in local neighbourhood cinema in the post Covid era.
The impact on cinema architecture will be discussed, as will wider social and economic impacts, including the potential for cinemas to engender local pride in places and to have a regenerative impact on town centres and High Streets.
Stefanie Fischer is regarded as one of the foremost architects working in the independent cinema sector. While a principal of and consultant to Burrell Foley Fischer LLP (1995 to 2020) she worked on cinema projects including: Rio Dalston (Grade 2); Cine Lumiere (Grade 2); Picture House Exeter; Norwich Cinema City (Grade 1); Scala Cinema and Arts Centre Prestatyn; Broadway Nottingham; Depot Lewes; Campbeltown Picture House (Category A) and Newlyn Filmhouse. The latter three projects featured in the Guardian Readers’ Top 10 Independent Cinemas 2018.
She currently works as a Cinema Consultant to Philip Meadowcroft Architects where projects include: a two-screen cinema with a cafe bar for a Rutland Kino; further improvement works for Broadway Nottingham; Cinema Consultancy services to East Hertfordshire District Council on a new five-screen cinema in Bishops Stortford and Cinema Consultancy services to Shropshire Council on the potential for including a 3-4 screen boutique cinema in a repurposed shopping centre.
She has provided Cinema Consultancy services to other architects including: early input to Strelka on the Khudozhestvenny Cinema Moscow; the technical evaluation of competition entries for Garage Cinema, a summer cinema pavilion in Gorky Park Moscow; Cinema consultancy to Robin Baker Architects on Birks Aberfeldy and to Nicholas Hare Architects on London Film School’s initial plan to relocate to Barbican Hall 1.
Stefanie’s passion for cinema and the benefits it can bring to local communities will highlight the value of her work.
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.