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The Birth of Cinema + The Birth…

Where better to celebrate the birth of the CTA than at the birthplace of film exhibition in this country? We will start with a very short introduction to the Regent Street Cinema (previously the Cameo-Poly art house) and hope to screen some of the Lumière shorts from that first film show in 1896 in the very same space (since modernised in 1927 and again in 2015). After some brief reflections on the first 50 years of the CTA and the introduction of some special guests we will also show extracts from some memorable short films about our cinema heritage: hopefully, Odeon Cavalcade and An Acre of Seats in a Garden of Dreams (both 1973). 

You are invited to toast the future of the CTA with a free glass of wine or other light refreshment and enjoy a piece of celebratory cake, both free of charge, in the cinema’s bar during the break between shows.

Running time
90 mins

The Final Reel

The Cinema Theatre Association are delighted to host the London premiere of this brand-new feature-length documentary narrated by the actor Sir John Hurt which tells the story of how cinemas and cinema-going developed and flourished over the years in Norfolk as a microcosm of what has happened throughout the country. We meet some of the colourful entrepreneurs that are a key part of this narrative and hear the tales of how they kept cinemas going. And we hear from the projectionists, as well as audience members – for many of whom, their local cinema was their favourite place in the world.

The Final Reel offers a rich mix of interviews, photographs and an astonishing amount of archive film material in a most entertaining way, accurately covering in 94 minutes the story of exhibition from the beginning to the multiplex and IMAX.

The screening will be attended by producer/director Jonathan Blagrove.

Running time
94 mins
Other features
Jonathan Blagrove
John Hurt

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January 30th

The Birth of Cinema + The Birth…

The Final Reel

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You can book both films a double bill in the checkout process – and save £7 in doing so.

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