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Newman
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Posted on Friday, 18 February, 2005 - 02:40 pm:   

To pick up from where rambling Dave left off yesterday...cinemas...do se23 residents save money going to Peckham, go posh going to Beckenham or Bromley, or splash out going to town - 20 to see the latest Adam Sandler epic - bargain!! Personally, I go in to town and try not to kick up a fuss at the ridiculous prices they charge. Wouldn't it be great if they closed down that rubbish guzzle house the Capitol and opened another cinema there? I can but dream.
BaggyDave (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Friday, 18 February, 2005 - 09:03 pm:   

Yesterday I was worried that I was in fact Toffee Jim

Now I feel like Newman has stolen my indentity.

Well as least there are kindred spirits out there.
Marcus (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Sunday, 20 February, 2005 - 09:23 pm:   

Got tired of the 'local' ones. I always head into London. Mainly because of mobiles going off, people talking, laser pens on the screen etc etc - general idiocy. You would think it would be easy to reinforce these types of rules - being a cinema and all. Can anyone suggest a cinema near to FH where this doesn't happen? The only one I've been to that does this successfully was in Finchley when I lived out that way. It's a bit of a trek though :-/
The Other Brian (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Sunday, 20 February, 2005 - 09:53 pm:   

The Ritzy or Clapham Picture House are generally good with a mature audience. It is worth avoiding the multiplex crowd- Greenwich Filmworks is a haven for teenagers talking to each other on their mobiles. A new Picture House opens in Greenwich this autumn. Going by Brixton and Clapham, too this should be good .
Newman
Joined 02-2005
Posted on Monday, 21 February, 2005 - 04:19 pm:   

Take your point about the multiplex crowd. Made the mistake of going to see Million Dollar Baby at the UCI Surrey Quays a few weeks ago - a really good film but unfortunately the place was overrun with marauding kids, shoving junk food down their throats, chatting on their mobiles, laughing through the fight scenes and running up and down the aisles. After enduring this for about half an hour, I told them to shut up, which was met with a barrage of abuse. I complained to the staff and someone eventually turned up to keep an eye on the offenders. Unfortunately, the film had about ten minutes to go by that point. I was tempted to knock some sense in to the little bumwits but sadly that kind of behaviour is frowned upon by our so-called civilised society. This is why I rarely go the cinema nowadays. With the advent of DVD, you've got cinema quality in the comfort of your own home and you don't have to put up with imbeciles making stupid comments and feeding their faces with nachos and whatever other muck they serve up.
Mattbilly
Joined 02-2005
Posted on Monday, 21 February, 2005 - 04:44 pm:   

Reminds me of Saturday Morning Pictures at Forest Hill ABC in the Sixties (without the mobiles), of which I was a regular. Flash Gordon, Danny the Dragon, talent contests (with a huge old fashioned microphone), the luminous badge and the 'Minors of the A - B - C' song. Such a strange feeling going into the Wetherspoons.. sorry, am I getting boring? Anyone else remember?
Baggydave
Joined 02-2005
Posted on Monday, 21 February, 2005 - 05:40 pm:   

Of course not Matt.

When I was active in the Crystal Palace campaign we used Finchley Road as an example of how multiplexes ruin an area - but having not been there I can't confirm the crime that it bought to the area.

Ritzy was fun when it was a single screen showing avant garde stuff, and they said they's stay that way when it was redeveloped. But doubt whether it could have stayed in business that way as the street wise young things have given way to Thatchers childrens generation (ohh did I mention politics in a Ben Elton sort of style).

Peckham is cheap and near. It is noisy and dirty. But I did see a French film there the other day, 9pm on a Saturday with an attentive and quiet crowd of around 30. Quite a surprise.
Julianm
Joined 02-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 22 February, 2005 - 06:42 am:   

Mattbilly - it is not forgotten. I really liked Saturday Morning Pictures at the Capitol and the walk down Devonshire Road that picked up more and more kids as it got nearer the place. I seem to recall that the Granada in Sydenham was regarded as a bit posher than the ABC. Fancy having two places like that so close together ...
Newman
Joined 02-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 22 February, 2005 - 08:01 am:   

It's just a shame that the Sydenham and FH cinemas are no more. You'd think that, with Crystal Palace also being a cinema free zone and attendance figures at record highs, there would be a market for a small, independent cinema at the very least.
Hilltopgeneral
Joined 02-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 22 February, 2005 - 10:01 am:   

As regards halfwit behaviour inthe cinema, to some extent this might be a function of what film you go to see, but then again why should you have your choice of film constrained by the fact that ill-bred morons might also find it appealling?

Certainly, I didn't expect a showing of "Closer" to attract many cretins, but there was enough talking, giggling and "commentary" from the rear rows to be an irritation. Then again, this was Peckham and I think it just isn't priced sufficiently highly to dissuade them from going to see things in which they aren't fully interested. After all - 2.99 - cheaper than like 'angin' out in KFC or Macdonalds innit
Newman
Joined 02-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 22 February, 2005 - 10:27 am:   

I thought that I would be safe going to see Million Dollar Baby - not the kind of film that a bunch of 12 year olds would want to watch, you would think. I figured that they would all be off watching the latest blockbuster. But alas, it was not the case. Not sure that putting the price up would deter them as they are a bunch of spoilt little sausages who have all the latest mod cons and plenty of spending money. UCI Surrey Quays, for instance, was charging around 4/5 for a child's ticket. The solution, as someone else mentioned, is to get members of staff to make regular checks on what is going on. But it seems to me that they prefer to concentrate all their resources on serving up the junk food etc, leaving precious few staff to keep an eye on things. Not like in my day etc etc.
Catherine
Joined 06-04-2005
Posted on Thursday, 21 April, 2005 - 01:34 pm:   

I've just found out that the Broadway Theatre in Catford has starting showing films on a fairly regular basis. I would think you are unlikely to enoucounter screaming kids, as the screenings are normally 8pm.
Hilltopgeneral
Joined 24-03-2004
Posted on Tuesday, 26 April, 2005 - 04:47 pm:   

Don't know why you draw that conclusion. It isn't kids that are the problem - the ceetificate sees to that - it's the local yoof man innit.
Catherine
Joined 06-04-2005
Posted on Thursday, 05 May, 2005 - 01:52 pm:   

Well, am happy to report that I went to see 'Closer' at the Broadway Theatre last night, and there was no yoof in sight, just a smallish collection of people who wanted to see the film. Seats a bit uncomfy after a while, but remedied by the fact that you could take your G&T in with you. No stinky popcorn either.
Emma
Joined 05-01-2004
Posted on Thursday, 05 May, 2005 - 04:50 pm:   

http://www.filmonthursday.org/

Check out the above website for indie local cinema. Have not been, but prices are very reasonable and am told the atmosphere is very friendly.


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