ActonScreen Revisited : Live Event and Surprise Film

23rd June


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When ActOne opened in 2021 Acton hadn’t had its own cinema for 30 years. Its predecessor was a truly unique establishment. Housed at the back of the now derelict Frankie’s bar (later the Captain Cook pub) and showing films via video projector, from the mid-80s to early 90s, Acton Screen was a community cinema that specialised in indie and arthouse movies, but also delighted audiences with all-night punk and horror screenings, nostalgic Saturday morning matinees and cutting-edge artist videos.

Join us for a special event with Acton Screen’s founder John Wischmeyer, fellow programmers Susan Farmer and Mike Jones and TV archivist Tony Mechele for a look back on this very special local institution. Alongside plenty of clips from films shown at Acton Screen we’ll reflect on the changing state of independent cinemas, the role of cinemas in our communities and how Acton Screen managed to succeed without the backing of big distributors all the while with a hands-on DIY ethos.

We’d also love to hear any memories from the audience about their experiences at Acton Screen.

After the discussion we’ll screen one of the films that always played well at Acton Screen. What will it be? You’ll have to come and find out!

The event is hosted by cinema history tour guide Nigel Smith who is also leading a guided walk exploring Acton’s Lost Cinemas in the morning before the event.

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