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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.
The 2021 Cinema Theatre Association Annual General Meeting is being held as a Zoom online event, owing to the current restrictions due to Covid-19.
As a benefit, this will mean that all members will be welcome, and can participate.
Please click here to read the Agenda for 2021.
As well as the usual business of the AGM, where you can hear about the many areas of work the CTA is involved with, you will also be able to see first-hand update presentations from the Casework team about cinemas right across the UK, and find out the latest about what's happening in your area.
Also, you are invited to join us on a fascinating virtual walk around the new CTA Archive.
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Light orchestral music formed a significant part of 20th Century popular culture, so unsurprisingly 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 sounded 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 and the Light Music Society.
Please note that this is an illustrated talk with music accompaniment examples. To fully enjoy the music within the talk, it is recommended that you listen with either external speakers or headphones.
SUPPORTING PROGRAMME OF SHORT ITEMS – hear about one of the big successes of lockdown- TALKING PICTURES TV- from its founders. And if you enjoy seeing the organist at the console of the glorious Stockport Plaza’s Compton when TPTV introduce their shows, then you’ll enjoy seeing a bit more of him and hearing that lovely organ in some special film we have!
QUIZ OF UK CINEMA PHOTOS
A guest photographer is invited to provide a dozen photographs from their personal collection for a quiz. You are invited to participate in the quiz and we open the chat room for participants to offer their answers.
OPEN CHAT SESSION
After the main event and quiz have finished stay on as you are invited to join us in the 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 it suits you, maybe when dinner is ready! This is an open-ended meeting, closing when either the conversation or the virtual ‘pub bar’ runs dry!
Sidney Torch at the State Kilburn Wurlitzer
TICKETS ARE £3 FOR CTA MEMBERS AND £5 FOR NON-MEMBERS
BOOKING CLOSES AT 4.30pm ON THE DAY
Details shared with Members in the next CTA Bulletin, due in early July
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.