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 quarterly Bulletin

CTA OFFERS A MIX OF ONLINE AND IN-PERSON EVENTS FOR ALL TO ENJOY

Coming Attractions

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CTA Annual General Meeting, followed by a talk – SCALA!!!

Saturday, 8th June 2024 at 12noon (doors 11.30am)

MEMBERS ONLY - NO BOOKING REQUIRED

The Gallery, Alan Baxter Associates, Cowcross Street, Farringdon EC1M 6EL

The Cinema Theatre Association will hold its AGM commencing at 12 noon (doors open 11.30am). All members are invited to attend, admission free.

THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO MEMBERS ONLY.

Nominations for committee members are invited and should be sent to the CTA Secretary Adam Unger (address on page 2 of the current CTA Bulletin). The minutes of last year’s meeting will be available, in advance from the CTA Secretary, and also on the day.

The meeting will be scheduled to run until 1.30pm (or earlier) after which there will be a refreshment break for tea and coffee to be served.

After the break, the CTA Heritage Casework Committee will present an illustrated report on this year’s projects.

This will be followed by a lunch break - members can obtain food from the numerous nearby cafés and eateries.

TALK: SCALA!!! by Jane Giles at 3.00pm (free of charge)

After lunch, members will wish to return to the Gallery to hear an illustrated talk called SCALA!!! presented by Jane Giles.

The former Kings Cross Cinema (1920) has had a chequered history but probably became most famous (or infamous!) when a group took it over in 1981 (transferring from a cinema on site of the old Scala theatre) and renamed it simply ‘SCALA’. The group had built a filmgoers’ paradise intended as an the ‘alternative’ National Film Theatre by programming weekend all-night screenings of movies which were usually notorious, off-beat or avant-garde as their main attraction.

The Scala hit the headlines when it dared to show the unlicensed Stanley Kubrick film A Clockwork Orange, forcing it to close in 1993.

Our speaker was also responsible for the Scala’s film programming and will have lots of interesting stories to tell. A feature documentary was recently released about the story of the Scala film club, called SCALA!!! (available on Blu-Ray).

Since 1999 the venue remains in use as SCALA, but as a night club and music venue situated in the large balcony area, whilst downstairs the former stalls area operates as a snooker club.

Getting to the Gallery (address as above)

On leaving Farringdon (old) Underground Station (Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines) (not Turnmill Street exit) turn left. If leaving from the new Elizabeth Line/Thameslink exit (located opposite the Underground station) turn right. Walk east 150 yards along Cowcross Street toward the ‘Snappy Snaps’ shop. The entrance to the Gallery is opposite: Walk through the large gates, across the courtyard to the far end, turn right down the steps and you’re there.

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A Brief Encounter in Sunny Worthing

Friday 19th July, **Starting at 0930**

Organised by Mark Price

A comprehensive visit has been organised to some of the venues that Worthing has to offer. The first port of call will be the Connaught Theatre and Cinema.The Connaught is one of the oldest cinemas in the UK, having first opening its doors on 27th July 1914. Although many original features are still in place, the cinema equipment is state of the art - including 4K projection, 7.1 surround sound, newly installed screens - whilst also retaining 35mm projection equipment for screening older films in their original formats.

Our next visit will be at the Worthing Assembly Hall, dating from 1934. It is situated to the rear of the Town Hall. It derives its style from the Scandinavian Modernist Movement with Art Deco overtones. Internally, the Assembly Hall is a flat-floored concert hall with a proscenium-arched raised stage with dressing room accommodation and rear balcony. It is a multi-purpose hall with main entrance foyer, adjoining access from the town hall and a break-out secondary space with café and bar called the Richmond Rooms. Our third venue is situated at the root end of 960ft long pier completed in 1862. The Concert Pavilion dates from 1926, constructed half on the shore and half on the pier, is in continental Kursaal style.

We hope to complete our tour with a visit to The Dome, first opened in 1911, as a multi-purpose entertainment hall, known as the Kursaal. The building’s primary use was a roller skating rink. In October of the same year a small cinema opened upstairs. The popularity of cinema saw the building transformed in 1921, with films moving to the main floor downstairs.

The early start is unavoidable because of the access needed to have a full and comprehensive tour of the venues. We will have a lunch break before finishing by mid-afternoon. Confirmation of access to the Dome will be advertised on the CTA website and also sent out via our e-news service. You may wish to check this before booking.

The cost of the visit is £36 per person including notes and light refreshments.

Getting there: The Connaught Theatre is situated in Union Place, about ten minutes walk from the railway station.

To book, please send a cheque with full participants details and address to, CTA Worthing, 66 Woodside Road, High Wycombe, HP13 7JB. You can also pay by bank transfer (sortcode 20-90-57, account no 40161993, reference Worthing), then email your details to Ray Ritmeester at visits@cta-uk.org

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FURTHER 2024 DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

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FURTHER EVENTS ANNOUNCED HERE

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