We are delighted to present Archive Screenings every Wednesday in our Cinema at The Old Waterworks (a former Victorian water works building formerly known as the TAP Gallery) in 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 email@example.com) 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 The Old Waterworks, 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 The Old Waterworks is opposite the former Nelson pub on North Road, Southend (at SS0 7AB).
The films are shown on Saturdays at 10.30am. All are 'U' or 'PG' certificated. Doors open at 10am and, as an added attraction for those who arrive early, classic cartoons (such as Bugs Bunny or Tom & Jerry) are shown before the film comes on.
Our 2016-2017 season started in September with The Jungle Book. We continued with Zootropolis in October, The Great Bear in November, The Good Dinosaur in January and Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie in February and concluded with Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip in March. The great news is that we have secured funding for the 2017-2018 season, so we'll be starting again in September. Details of the dates and film titles will be given here in due course.
For further information or to make a booking contact David Simpson at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01702 464733 / 07981 824283.
Forthcoming Dates for your Diary
Thursday 25th May to Monday 29th May : Southend Film Festival
Essex’s premiere film festival, now in its ninth year. Based, once again, at the sumptuous Park Inn Palace Hotel, we’ll be bringing you the best of independent and World cinema together with classics, documentaries and films for all the family. The extensive Festival Fringe will bring films to other venues across the area.
For further details, please keep checking http://www.southendfilmfestival.com/
Sunday 25th June
La La Land (2016) Winner of six Academy Awards, including Best Director, and winner of a record-breaking seven Golden Globe Awards, La La Land is more than the most acclaimed movie of the year - it's a cinematic treasure for the ages that you'll fall in love with again and again. In this wonderful, feel good movie, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling star as Mia and Sebastian, an actress and a jazz musician pursuing their Hollywood dreams - and finding each other in a vibrant celebration of hope, dreams and love. Terrific stuff! Certificate '12'. Palace Theatre, London Road, Westcliff. 7.30pm. Bar opens 6pm. Tickets £6, plus £1.50 booking fee, available in advance from www.palacetheatresouthend.co.uk / 01702 351135 or on the door.
Sunday 23rd July
Sully (2016) On 15th January 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain “Sully” Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career. From director Clint Eastwood comes this riveting story of survival against all the odds. Certificate '12'. Palace Theatre, London Road, Westcliff. 7.30pm. Bar opens 6pm. Tickets £6, plus £1.50 booking fee, available in advance from www.palacetheatresouthend.co.uk / 01702 351135 or on the door.
Sunday 10th September
Their Finest (2016) 1940, London, the Blitz. With the country’s morale at stake, an untried screenwriter and a makeshift cast and crew work under fire to make a film to lift the nation’s flagging spirits, and inspire America to join the war. This stirring drama stars the wonderful Bill Nighy as a has-been old ham, while Gemma Arterton (Tamara Drewe, Song for Marion) is a delight as the screenwriter. Certificate '12'. Palace Theatre, London Road, Westcliff. 7.30pm. Bar opens 6pm. Tickets £6, plus £1.50 booking fee, available in advance from www.palacetheatresouthend.co.uk / 01702 351135 or on the door.
Sunday 15th October
The Sense of an Ending (2017) Tony Webster, divorced and retired, leads a reclusive and relatively quiet life. One day, he learns that the mother of his university girlfriend Veronica left in her will a diary kept by his best friend, who dated Veronica after she and Tony parted ways. Tony’s quest to recover the diary, now in the possession of an older but equally as mysterious Veronica, forces him to revisit his flawed recollections of his friends and of his younger self. Academy Award winner Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling star in this profoundly moving, human drama. Certificate '15'. Palace Theatre, London Road, Westcliff. 7.30pm. Bar opens 6pm. Tickets £6, plus £1.50 booking fee, available in advance from www.palacetheatresouthend.co.uk / 01702 351135 or on the door.