Friday, May 02, 2008

Tate Modern Community Film Club

Dear Film Club Member,

Please join us for the next screening as part of the Community Film Club:

Monday May 12, 2008 @ 7:00pm

The ‘Piccadilly’ of South London

Please note: Membership of the Community Film Club is available for those who live or work in Southwark and Lambeth.

A fascinating illustrated talk looking at the history of the varied buildings of entertainment in and around the Elephant & Castle led by Richard Norman of the Cinema Theatre Association. From Victorian times, promoters described the up and coming area of Elephant and Castle as “the Piccadilly of South London”, reflecting its commercial potential. The building of the spectacular Trocadero Cinema (1930–1963) further enhanced the developer’s dream. The Trocadero (cinema theatre), and its replacement Odeon have been recognised as being of major architectural importance. Supported by its mighty Wurlitzer organ, the ‘Troc’ offered South Londoners stage and screen entertainment of West End quality at affordable prices; it was an outstanding success. The introduction of television changed cinema-going habits forever - however the Trocadero became a “white elephant” closing on 19 October 1963 and was demolished for re-development of the area. A smaller replacement Odeon (1966-1988), was built on part of the Trocadero site.

The talk will be supported with the film 'The Elephant will Never Forget' (1953) which is a film that marks a fond farewell to London’s trams by charting the last week of London trams in 1952.

Doors open 18.30, programme starts 19.00 (Programme Duration : 86 minutes)

Please use the Turbine Hall entrance and staff will direct you to the Starr Auditorium from there. Free refreshments will be available before the film.

Members are entitled to:
Free entry to all film club screenings
Regular Film Club mailings & programme notes
An opportunity to discuss films over a drink with other local people
Watch films in comfortable cinema surroundings

Please note: If you have completed a membership form, your details will automatically be added to the membership list; you will not receive a membership card or number. This email bulletin is the confirmation of your membership. There is no need to book a place; just turn up on the evening of the screening. If you are coming as part of a large group please let us know in advance by calling 020 7401 5176.

Community Film Club
Community Initiatives
Tate Modern
Starr Auditorium