The film experience has long been a preoccupation and a recurring theme at Flatpack, and in 2015 we’re embarking on a mission to map out Birmingham’s cinema-going stories. From canvas booths on fairgrounds to boutique sofa service, a century’s worth of sitting in the dark will unfold through events, screenings and talks.
We kick off in the autumn, focussing on two neighbourhoods with a particularly rich film-going heritage: Kingstanding and Balsall Heath. We’re not just looking at ghost cinemas, however – in November the mac will host a weekend of Celluloid City events to complement the arrival of Steenbeckett, Atom Egoyan’s astonishing 35mm installation. And to kick things off we screen The Purple Rose of Cairo – Woody Allen’s love-letter to 30s movie fantasies – at the UK’s oldest working cinema.
Watch this space or join the mailing list for further details on Celluloid City activity.
For a bit of background, check out this piece we wrote for Scalarama.
Images: Sutton Coldfield Odeon (John Maltby) and Aston Hippodrome (Jean Turley)
This project is supported by Film Hub South West & West Midlands as part of the BFI Film Audience Network.