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Cinema in Blackheath?

Blackheath Climate Camp Cinema Times
Blackheath Climate Camp CinemaSort of… There is a strange brown tent in the Climate Camp, with a van poking out of the front of it, furnished with two solar panels! It appears to be a mobile cinema, showing various eco-movies! Sunday 9.30pm Doctor Strangelove anyone?

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The boat that rocked?


Blackheath as a filming location? Several days were spent on scenes for “The Boat that Rocked” last year. It is supposed to be appearing in cinemas soon, and IMDB suggests the beginning of April. It looks like a reasonable idea for a comedy – based on the Radio Caroline pirate ship – maybe like an English Sixties version of Pump up the Volume? Anything that involves a slightly drunk looking Bill Nighy is probably worth the ticket price, even if Richard Curtis’ last few outings haven’t exactly left Blackadder in need of a cunning plan.

I couldn’t spot any Blackheath in the trailer. Will Philip Seymour Hoffman be nipping to a 1960s version of Shepherd Foods for some light refreshment? We shall find out…

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A couple of open replies…

Dear Nigel.  I really didn’t want you to send me the home address of the BNP leader for London.  I know it’s round here somewhere, but I’m not going to stick it on this website, and neither should you.  I think they’re an incredibly  grim little group, but the right to free association is no bad thing.

And on a lighter note:

Greenwich Picture House by khedera

Dear Becky,

It’s great that you are emailing local bloggers about the cinema, but I wish you’d been encouraging people to go to the Greenwich Picture House, and not the depressing Odeon which never seems to show any decent films!  I saw Waltz With Bashir at the picturehouse the other day, and it was amazing.  Every time I end up staggering past B&Q to get to the Odeon, I always end up seeing something awful.

Photo by flickr user khedara back before it was continually winter time…

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The only occasion when chocolate milk might be good for you

No Use Crying over spilt milk

I wouldn’t usually recommend anyone going anywhere near flavoured milk, except that on this occasion, you can get to see several classic films for free.

There are quite a few showing at Surrey Quays cinema (not a million miles from Blackheath – take a number 41 bus from outside Lewisham station).  I saw Blade Runner there last week which was, on the whole, great.

They are showing films at Odeon and Cineworld cinemas (click on the respective link to see which ones are on near you).  To get tickets to the Odeon films, you have to print out the page that shows the screening time.  Then take the print out to the cinema (by hand I’m afraid) no more than 7 days before the screening. They’ll only give you a maximum of 2 tickets per person (per print out I guess).  You don’t have to drink any funny coloured milk.

I thought they’d be massively over-subscribed, but Blade Runner only had about 20 people present.  The only downside was the (frankly comical) display of trailers beforehand.  This consisted of an out of focus digital projector being aimed at the screen from the projection booth, wiggled around a bit, focussed in and out again, and then moved around a few more times.  Then someone pressed play on a DVD player connected to the projector, and we had a little bit of some cheesy adverts for Frijj milk.  With no sound.  Then they fixed the sound, spent a few more minutes jiggling the image around, and then played us FIVE trailers.

The trailers were all a pastiche of 1950s B-Movie horror, which initially produced some knowing laughter, but after five in a row, you wonder whether they will ever get around to showing the movie (and whether the movie will be played from a DVD player).

Eventually the movie started (not on DVD I’m glad to say), and a thoroughly good evening was had by everyone.

Pat mentioned in another post:

If you want to see “Blade Runner” for free check out the Frijj festival at the Odeon Greenwich, they are showing it next Thursday 28th August.  We saw Gladiator last week and there were only about twenty people in the cinema.

Photo by Flickr user Dogbomb.

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Films at the Reminiscence Centre

I’d been meaning to write about the Reminiscence Centre for a while now. This is a little gem opposite the station.

The Reminiscence Centre, Blackheath

It is part of a charity that was set up to help elderly people deal with dementia and memory loss, and improving the quality of life for older people who may be at risk of social exclusion. I’m guessing that social exclusion is modern-speak for loneliness. Anyway, it’s a great idea, and is really nicely presented, as a shop from the 1930s with thousands of little pieces of memorabilia hidden away in sets of drawers, as well as a tea room and garden at the back.

I’m sure that if they set up a table or two at the front of the shop, their custom would increase dramatically, but driving in customers is not their main focus.

The Old Bakehouse, Backheath

Behind the garden, there is a large building called The Old Bakehouse, which is used as a kind of community centre, theatre, and cinema. They are running a series of talks on Friday afternoons at 2pm about classic films, actors, and genres. It costs £3, including tea and cake.

  • Friday 23rd May – British Documentaries
  • Friday 20th June – The Films of Peter Sellers

I think it’s a great idea, and very in keeping with the traditions that were set up around the Art Club, and Literary Society that have since disappeared from Blackheath.

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