Tickets please for community cinema

on Wednesday, 23 January 2013. Posted in N21 Community

Why is that in the age of the multiplex, the 3D blockbuster and viewing on demand is community cinema gaining in popularity, in this local area and all over the country?   Church and village halls, pubs and clubs are being booked for viewings of classical films and less well known pieces, often from local film makers. One answer - you actually get to talk about what you are watching, with a group of like minded people, before the film starts, during the interval and afterwards, instead of sitting passively in an impersonal room and filing out quietly at the end, bearly giving the film any more thought!
 
We are lucky to have two new community theatre groups in our local area, dedicated to bringing back classic films and reinstating community values. Talkies Community Cinema held its first viewing in October 2012, set up by David Williamson, shortly after he took early retirement, from his job as a school inspector. He is however no new kid on the block, as "The idea for Talkies came from my experience with a group of friends locally - all former parents at Hazelwood school - getting together to watch films. We have now being doing that for over 10 years and seen 100 films of great variety. We had such joy with our friends group that Talkies formed as the germ of an idea to bring this same approach to the wider community".

 
Talkies kicked off with some local colour, showing the A Man of No Ambition", about Palmers Green Resident Ralph Hutchings. Ralph, whose interests include "anatomy, cabinets, photography and vintage cars". Ralph is shortly to be the subject of a six-part TV series and the man himself was at hand to introduce and entertain with insights into his unique range of talents. 
 
Talkies will continue to show a film a month, using local venues, including the Kings Head on Winchmore Hill Green for the first time in March. Talkies are showing Strictly Ballroom on Wednesday 30th January and The Blues Brothers on February 20th, both at The Fox in Palmers Green, with live acoustic music will be provided by The Vintage Blues Club before and after the screening. See links at bottom of the article and details on n21online.com prior to the scrfeening dates.
 
 Our second local community cinema, Around the Corner is run by John Stewart. John was the project leader for the hugely successful N21 Film Festival, held as part of the week long N21 Festival celebrations in June 2012; with over 30 films being screened in Waterhouse Hall, the Friends Meeting House and the 3rd Southgate Scout Hut, playing to packed audiences. So positive was the feedback that John decided to set up Around the Corner. The project begins in 2013, with plans initially for 2 - 3 screenings a year in Winchmore Hill and even to take the project out to other areas.
 
 
 
Around The Corner's debut screening on Saturday 9th February at 7.30pm is the 1959 Billy Wilder classic ‘Some Like It Hot’ (PG). Described by many as “the best comedy of all time”, it’s being organised in collaboration with local resident Tony Cooke, a copy-writer and writer for television. Tony is running the London Marathon for The Samaritans this April, and he's working with Around the Corner to organise the screening as a way to help boost his fundraising total – all proceeds will go to the charity. Tony and the team are also very grateful to their local sponsors Vic Smith Beds for helping make the night possible. And you may escape the hordes but not the popcorn, as freshly popped popcorn by Cafe Choo Choo will be served at the Some Like It Hot showing! A treat I'm sure!
 
And on Wednesday February 13th at 7.30pm the Oscar winning silent film, Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, frequently voted as one of the best films in the history of the motion picture. Introduced by Pamela Hutchinson, Editor of Silent London and with live, "improvised piano accompaniment from British Film Institute pianist, Costas Fotopoulos". It’s all kindly sponsored by The Creative Timber Company. A delicious selection of Sardinian artisan food will also be on sale from local N21 business Palmavera Fine Foods. 
 
Both cinema groups are keen to hear from film buffs and people who would like to join the team, to help with future screenings. The choice of film is crucial to the success of both films; any ideas please let the guys know.
 
2012 was the first time that there had been cinema screenings in Winchmore Hill for 53 years, let’s keep community cinema alive, sign up to the newsletters for details of screenings or watch out for details on the n21online.com events pages. 
 
 
 
The Capitol Cinema, where Capitol House is on Green Lanes, closed in 1959
 
Visit the websites to book tickets
 
 

Why is that in the age of the multiplex, the 3D blockbuster and viewing on demand is community cinema gaining in popularity, in this local area and all over the country? Church and village halls, pubs and clubs are being booked for viewings of classical films and less well known pieces, often from local film makers.

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