View the Curzon Collection at Clevedon cinema this weekend
By Carol_Deacon | Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 12:04
The Curzon Collection of heritage cinema technology will be open for the first time in 2013 on Saturday and Sunday, February 16-17.
Projectionist Maurice Thorton shows a pop-up toy to a young film fan
One of the most extensive collections of vintage cinema equipment in the UK, and certainly the largest to be housed in a working cinema, the collection now numbers more than 300 items.
These date from the silent era right up to the dawn of the digital age.
Included are cinema and home projectors, toy projectors, editing equipment and cameras.
As part of the weekend, a selection of short archive films will be screened in the mini cinema on the top floor of the Curzon.
Showing on 16mm, 9.5mm and 8mm film, the programme has the title Bygones and includes film of the Waverley steamer off Clevedon, Bristol Will's factory, and Bristol Docks from the 1950s and 60s.
Completing the journey into years gone by is a selection of amateur footage including some of the GWR Marlborough Railmotor.
The films will run from 11.30am-1.30pm on both days.
The Curzon Collection opens at 11am until 4pm on the Saturday and 3pm on the Sunday. Entry is free.
The Curzon Community Cinema was first opened as The Picture House in April 1912.
Now a Grade II listed building, it has been owned since 1996 by a registered charity, the Curzon Clevedon Community Centre for the Arts, formed to buy the building and run it as a community cinema.