Friday, 16 October 2009

Cinema event comes to Hither Green, SE13

Come and support the need for an arts and community space in Hither Green, South-East London. The Hither Green Hall tells us that "the most exciting Cinema event in Hither Green since 1957!" is taking place on Sunday 18 October. "Built in 1913 it is one of the oldest surviving cinema buildings left in London, this will be the first cinema event held in this area since it’s closure."
Time: 14:00 – 22:00
Location: Firemasters Warehouse 174-176 Hither Green Lane,entrance on Lanier Rd

Located in the warehouse at the back of the Firemasters building on Hither Green Lane, doors will open at 2.00pm and the day begins with a screening of that classic musical My Fair Lady with Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison.

The film also stars Gladys Cooper as Professor Higgin’s mother, she was born in Hither Green and we are thrilled that her daughter Sally Hardy will be attending the event.

Tea and cakes will be provided by The Golden Afternoon Tea Company, a perfect Sunday afternoon!

3pm My Fair Lady

6pm- The Balloonatic. A Buster Keaton favourite with live piano accompaniment from Costas Fotopoulos.

7pm- Pool of London
A lesser known film from the famous Ealing Studios depicting fascinating scenes of a post war London. A gripping and intriguing film capturing a time of change.

‘Basil Dearden’s paean to London docklands in the 1950s is as enchanting and as murky as the river: a noir-ish heist tale, liberally suffused with a fable of forbidden love and unrestrained passion. The heist element of Pool of London (1951) is well crafted and suspenseful, but the most striking aspect is Dearden’s tentative venture into racial politics, with the first interracial relationship in a British film’ Carl Daniels (

A bar and refreshments will be available.

Tickets cost £5 at whatever time you arrive. The earlier you come the more films you see!
Available on the door or reserve tickets by calling 07956 614007.

This event has been organised to help save the local cinema in Hither Green lane and to promote the need for a cinema and arts centre in the area....All money raised will go back into funding our campaign, we desperately need your support!

The Londonist has also picked up this news and gives this account of the campaign. It also tells us that "in the morning. Crave Arts Academy are running free drama workshops for children, so limber up and get down there for 10am if your young 'uns are between 3 and 6 years old, or 11am if they're 7-13.)"

This venue and its cultural events would be very welcome in the cultural desert around the area, so you may want to go along (I shall be elsewhere, as you might learn in the next post...)

[UPDATE: "Spectacular success for Hither Green cinema day" read more here]

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