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White Bus Wednesday Archive Screenings at TAP

We are delighted to present Archive Screenings every Wednesday in our Cinema at TAP (in the Old Water Works building, North Road, Southend - opposite the former Nelson pub).

These evenings are centred around our huge collection of 16mm and 35mm film. This includes hundreds of documentaries, cartoons and short films as well as over 260 feature films. Every Wednesday we screen a selection of films from the Archive, starting at 7pm with an hour or so of documentaries and short films, followed by a feature film. Most of the material is British, with the features ranging in age from the 1930s to the 1990s. All this and admission is free, although we don't discourage a £1 donation towards our running costs (these are fun, social events entirely staffed by volunteers who love 'real' film!). Tea, coffee and biscuits are available for a nominal amount during the interval.

We don't usually announce the feature film titles in advance, as many of our patrons enjoy the 'Secret Cinema' approach. However, if you'd like to know what's playing, please let David Simpson (at david@thewhitebus.org.uk) know and you can be added to our weekly group e-mail. David can also be contacted on 01702 464733 or 07981 824283.

Film Shows for Children with Disabilities

We are pleased to present, in our Cinema at TAP, film shows for children with disabilities. These allow them the opportunity to experience a 'big screen' film show while allowing parents and carers to relax, safe in the knowledge that, if their children are a bit boisterous (or even want to leave halfway through!), it doesn't matter at all. The screenings are funded by the Council under their Short Breaks initiative and admission is free to children and parents/carers. Soft drinks are available for the children and tea/coffee for the adults (all at no cost) and parents/carers are welcome to bring their food and drink. There's ample parking: the entrance into the yard at TAP is opposite the former Nelson pub on North Road, Southend (at SS0 7AB).

The films are shown on Saturdays. Each film is shown in the morning (at 10.30am) and in the afternoon (at 2pm), to allow for greater choice. All are 'U' or 'PG' certificated. As an added attraction, for those who arrive early, classic cartoons (such as Bugs Bunny or Tom & Jerry) are shown for half an hour before the film comes on.

We are delighted to have received funding for three shows this year. We will be showing Paddington (PG) on Saturday 28th September,Frozen (PG) on Saturday 24th October and Shaun the Sheep (U) on Saturday 28th November. My colleagues and I hope to see many of you and your children 'at the pictures'! Admission is free for children and parents/carers.

For further information contact David Simpson at david@thewhitebus.org.uk or on 01702 464733 / 07981 824283.

Forthcoming Dates for your Diary

Tuesday 17th November : Another Fantastic Evening with Gerry Anderson!

Following the sell-out show during the Southend Film Festival, Gerry Anderson super-fan Mark Joseph will once again entertain Anderson fans with another evening showcasing some of the very best shows from the awesome imagination of this legendary producer. To start the evening we will have a very special digital presentation celebrating 50 years of Thunderbirds. We will continue with an episode from The Protectors (Blockbuster, tx March 1974), and then with Crater 101 (tx January 1968) from Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons. After a break, the second half will open with The Responsibility Seat (tx March 1971) from UFO, and we’ll end with Thunderbirds, in the stirring, edge-of-the-seat drama City of Fire (tx January 1966). All these episodes will be presented on 16mm film – and on the big screen! They really do look awesome. Replica puppets and model craft will also be on show, so do join us for another fantastic evening. The White Bus Cinema at TAP, North Road, Southend-on-Sea, SS0 7AB. Doors open 6.30pm. Show starts 7pm. All tickets £5.00. No advance ticket sales, but to reserve your seat call David Simpson on 01702 464733 / 07981 824283. Refreshments available. Ample on-site parking.

Friday 20th November : Cult Night at TAP!

The Devil Rides Out (1968) The debonair Duc de Richleau has been trusted with the care of his deceased friend’s son, Simon Aron. The Duc discovers that the young man has been seduced into joining a Satanic cult headed by the diabolic Mocata, intent on making him one of the Devil’s disciples. Having rescued Simon from a bloodied ritual, de Richleau is pursued by Mocata, who will stop at nothing to destroy the Duc and his friends, even summoning the Angel of Death itself. Starring Christopher Lee in one of his personal favourite roles, and based on the celebrated novel by Dennis Wheatley, The Devil Rides Out is one of Hammer’s most accomplished and thrilling mystery horrors.

Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964) This infamous follow up to Blood Feast is the second in Herschell Gordon Lewis' 'blood trilogy'. The small southern town of Pleasant Valley invites six reluctant Yankee tourists to be its guests for the Civil War 100th anniversary celebrations. What the northern participants do not realise is that every celebratory game they take part in has been designed with the intention of bringing their lives to a grisly end.... Available "fully uncut" for the first time in the UK, this is typical H.G. Lewis fare, with acting that veers between the wooden ("Playmate" Connie Mason) and the amateurishly hammy (one of the worst child actors in film history!), clumsy editing and community theatre production values - but his fans wouldn't have it any other way, and the hayseed music is great! Quite unbelievable!

Over 18s only. Doors open at 6.30pm. The Devil Rides Out at 7pm  / Two Thousand Maniacs! at 9pm
Double bill admission £5.00. Individual films £3.00. No advance booking. Bring your own drink and film food. Ample car parking on site.

The White Bus Cinema, TAP, The Old Waterworks, North Road, Southend-on-Sea, SS0 7AB

Sunday 29th November:

A Royal Night Out (2015)VE Day, 8th May 1945: Princess Elizabeth) and her younger sister Princess Margaret beg their parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, to let them leave Buckingham Palace so they can join in the celebrations. Reluctantly the King and Queen give their consent, and Elizabeth and Margaret head out incognito. But their night takes some unexpected turns... Sarah Gadon and Bel Powley shine as the young, head-strong princesses, while Rupert Everett and Emily Watson provide wonderful support as their concerned parents.'12' certificate. 7.30pm. Bar opens 6pm. All tickets £6.00. Palace Theatre, London Road, Westcliff. Tickets available in advance from www.palacetheatresouthend.co.uk / 01702 351135 or on the door.

Friday 11 December : Cult Night at TAP : Spooky Christmas Special!

Don’t Open Till Christmas (1984) Somebody with very little Christmas spirit is killing anyone in a Santa suit one London holiday season, and Scotland Yard has to stop him before he makes his exploits an annual tradition. This is one 80s slasher that really does go for the jugular, revelling in its own irredeemable sleaziness! In other words, just the film for a perfect Christmas!

Christmas Evil (1980) When little Harry sees his Dad in a Santa Claus outfit, groping his mother on Christmas Eve, life changes for the quiet little boy. Thirty odd years later, you’d better watch out, because now - all grown up and disgruntled by his dead end job in a depressing toy factory – he’s making a list, checking it twice and descending into a self-created Christmas nightmare where he is Father Christmas and his judgement is final! Dressed as St. Nick, Harry is going to show his bullying co-workers and all the other naughty people what the true spirit of the season is... Run for your miserable lives, the vengeance is going to be swift and bloody! Cult movie kingpin John Waters has described this as "greatest Christmas movie ever made" – and we’re not about to argue with him!

Over 18s only. Doors open at 6.30pm. Don’t Open Till Christmas at 7pm  / Christmas Evil at 9pm
Double bill admission £5.00. Individual films £3.00. No advance booking. Bring your own drink and film food. Ample car parking on site.

The White Bus Cinema, TAP, The Old Waterworks, North Road, Southend-on-Sea, SS0 7AB

Sunday 20th December : Films for Christmas

1pm: Get Santa (2014) In this delightful film a father and son must team-up to save Christmas when they discover Santa Claus sleeping in their garage…after crashing his sleigh he’s on the run from the police. This is hugely funny, with big laughs throughout and a wonderful cast led by Warwick Davis, Jim Broadbent and Jodi Whittaker. 102mins : Certificate ‘U’.

4pm: The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) When Halloween Town's Pumpkin King, Jack Skellington, gets bored, he attempts to take over the festive Christmas season. Against the advice of Sally, the lonely rag doll who has secret feelings for him, Jack enlists three trick-or-treaters - Lock, Shock, and Barrel - to help him kidnap Santa Claus. But even when Jack realizes his mistake, he'll have to contend with the evil Oogie Boogie before he can turn things around and restore the holiday's cheer. Terrific fun! 73mins : Certificate ‘PG’.

7.30pm: It's a Wonderful Life (1946) The perennial Christmas favourite – back on the big screen, where it belongs! James Stewart stars as George Bailey, a man who has given up his dreams in order to help others and whose imminent suicide on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angle Clarence (Henry Travers). He shows George all the lives he has touched and how different life in his community of Bedford Falls would be had he never been born. A lovely, heart-warming film. 130mins: Certificate ‘U’.

All tickets £6.00. Palace Theatre, London Road, Westcliff. Tickets available in advance from www.palacetheatresouthend.co.uk / 01702 351135 or on the door.

Friday 22nd to Sunday 31st January 2016 : Horror-on-Sea Film Festival

Coming early next year to the Park Inn Palace Hotel, Southend-on-Sea: Essex’s premiere horror film festival, now in its fourth year. For further details, please keep checking http://www.horror-on-sea.com/

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