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Capitol shows films for first time in 40 years
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19-03-2014 08:02 AM

Silent Saturday Morning
Buster Keaton Films from the 20s


A rare survival of a 1920s cinema, The Capitol first opened its doors to the cinema-going public in 1929, with a screening of Man, Woman and Sin.
Renamed the ABC in 1968, the cinema gave its last picture show in October 1973.
There were plans to convert and even demolish the building. However, The Capitol opened as a bingo hall in February 1978, closing in the first week of December 1996.
Good to see it paying tribute to its earlier days.

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Sat 29 March 2014
The Capitol Pub
11-21 London Road
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michael


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19-03-2014 09:47 AM

And it isn't just one film, it is part of the Forest Hill mini Film Festival, with films being shown in Platform 1, DoopoDoopo and Finches as well as The Capitol.

All events and films are free

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Tinkerbell


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19-03-2014 10:33 AM

Wonderful idea, love Keaton!

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19-03-2014 11:21 AM

All credit to The Capitol!

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19-03-2014 06:10 PM

Yes, indeed, good for Weatherspoons!

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Loncdl


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19-03-2014 10:51 PM

Now wouldn't it be wonderful if it could stop being a Wetherspoons and be turned back permanently into the cinema it once was...?

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Novels


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20-03-2014 02:02 PM

Thank you Capitol! Smile

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michael


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20-03-2014 02:38 PM

I wonder if we could fill the place for a black and white film on a Saturday morning?

It would be the best way to prove that the people of Forest Hill want a cinema.

Spread the word via Facebook or re-Tweet from https://twitter.com/FHFilmFestival

At present there are no cinemas in Lewisham borough and, with the opening of a cinema in Waltham Forest later this year, it will be the only London Borough without a cinema.

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AMFM


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20-03-2014 03:38 PM

I think Wetherspoons may have one or two things to say about that Michael...

But in broad terms, I agree - would be great to have a cinema in walking distance. Are there any other local, unused venues, that might fit the bill. If a church hall in East Dulwich can become a cinema, why not in FH?

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michael


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20-03-2014 04:00 PM

AMFM,
I didn't say it has to be in The Capitol. There are plenty of other possibilities, for example Bell Green, with a massive car park could be a good place to put a cinema and I can think of a couple of other buildings in the town centre that could be converted into cinemas.

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Sherwood


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20-03-2014 04:42 PM

Forest Hill Library used to show films.

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Fandango


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20-03-2014 07:51 PM

One thought I've been sitting on for a while is suggesting the Capitol holds a 'silent cinema'.

Like a silent disco, watchers all wear headphones relaying the movie audio.

Reinstating the upper tier seating for viewers and placing the screen above the bar area, cinema lovers get to enjoy an evening at a local and architecturally important building, whilst regulars could continue uninterrupted.

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Perryman


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20-03-2014 08:14 PM

We could have a silent bingo night too...

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AMFM


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21-03-2014 08:08 AM

I know Michael, I was being slightly facetious re the Capitol! I think a cinema at Bell Green would have been a great idea but I suspect that ship has sailed as I can't quite see where it would go now that we have the retail park and the "trade city" as the next phase but perhaps I'm being unimaginative.

I think now that Forest Hill is increasingly been seen as a great place to live (but we've all known that for years..) a cinema operator could be persuaded to invest in the area (here's hoping!)

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Baboonery


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21-03-2014 12:46 PM

Quote:
Now wouldn't it be wonderful if it could stop being a Wetherspoons and be turned back permanently into the cinema it once was...?


No.

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29-03-2014 09:34 AM

A reminder - this morning at 10am.

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