Getting quite excited about Hackney Picture House. At a book club I heard people groan at its name. Oh What! They be the same who moan about The Olympics. Well the two things are here and let’s use them. My nearest flicks is Stratford which I love and then the Vue E20 will damage it, you see. Nice to have a choice and as I love Hackney I shall be at
Silver Screen before 5pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. £4 though! Did Hackney people lose their ‘poor’ mantle? I suspect Stratford cinema charges will increase from £2.50 to £4 now. At Stratford we get tea and biscuits before the screening but at Hackney it’s afterwards. We’ll see about that. There’s still ole Rio though with its free monthly matinees with cake and tea. But their films are dragged screaming from the archives where they hide with the Lavender Hill Mob. We ain’t all war babies. However there’s going to be a Reminiscence club talking about and enjoying archive films and “old gems” (shiver) at Hackney PH once a month.
From Jan 2012 there will be workshops in film theory. See what that costs!
So that’s all good and on Tuesday coming I get to see a preview for free. I shall see how many Hackneyites turn up.
On November 8th at Hackney Empire the BBC is offering places to a free concert and a laugh with Paul O’Grady. You apply to BBC ticketing and wait to see if you’re lucky. That same evening the Hackney PH is putting on a satellite beamed screening with Mariella Frostrup and Tim Marlow talking about Leonardo da Vinci’s work at the National Gallery. Cheap as chips. £7 or £6 members. or there is a programme of beamed opera and ballet too at a speckle of the price of watching it all in the flesh.