Hackney Picture House

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.



Stratford Picture House east London Silver Screen

Packed on Wednesday. Seniors enjoyed 2 films for a fiver plus tea and coffee and bicuits galore. Absolutely lovely.  They watched “Rise of the Planet of The Apes” and swiftly moved into Screen 4 for the French film “Sarah’s Key”.

In a month’s time the Vue opens in E20 with 17 screens. (Bollywood, 3D, family films, children’s films , digital screens etc etc). Obviously we’ll all try for the opening offers to have a peak inside. Meanwhile Stratford Picture House will up its game with more arty farty and quirky films allegedly. There is a solid base of fans anyway at the Picture House and the Silver Screeners will be persistent loyal comers. Why wouldn’t they as the price is right? The staff are welcoming and jolly too. That alone makes a huge difference as to whom returns again and again.

Stratford Picture House, Stratford Circus and Theatre Royal Stratford east are a strong unit of shared purposes in the Theatre Square previously called The Cultural Quarter. Watch out for the Picture House and Theatre with promotional freebies at The Stratford Summer Festival on Saturday 20th August in Stratford Park, West Ham Rd E15. The park is gorgeous anyway so well worth a look in. And of course on Sundays at Coronation Gardens by Leyton Station is a free music bonanza at 2pm. That park was dire before but is upgraded  now to magnificence.

Become a founder member yet of Hackney Picture House? Your name on the screen? Tempt you? And your concessions membership card is valid at Stratford Picture House too.