From Margate to Madrid !

Saturday 7th November

Two well-known members of the CTA teamed up to bring us two different illustrated talks about their favourite subjects,

Adam Unger presented a review of the works of the respected architect Julian Leathart (initially partnered by WF Granger) who produced a small clutch of innovatively designed cinema schemes; the best known being the Kensington Kinema (1926), now Odeon, and the listed Dreamland (1935) Margate. Both of these are topical because of recent campaigning to save them.

Richard Gray presented "Madrid Cinemas Revisited". The CTA had a memorable visit to Madrid in 1989 just in time to see a cornucopia of cinema buildings, which turned out to be ‘unblighted’ by any modernism or sub-division. Last year during his travels, Richard revisited many of the cinemas to see how they had changed, taking photos as he found them. His talk showed a selection of photos from the original visit and compare and comment on those taken during his latest visit.