Welcome to the Cinema Theatre Association
We are dedicated to cinema history – not the films, but the buildings they were and are shown in. Many of us are film buffs, of course, but what unites us is a fascination with the architecture, design and commercial history of cinema exhibition.
The Cinema Theatre Association was founded in 1967 by journalist Eric George, who wanted to draw attention to the magnificent "cinema theatre" movie palaces of the Twenties and Thirties that were beginning to disappear from our towns and cities.
Since then, the Association has widened its horizons to encompass all cinema and theatre buildings, from the humblest converted hall to the most modern multiplex.
Our many and varied activities include providing information, through our Casework sub-committee, on the historical importance of cinemas, especially when they are being considered for listing or when alterations to listed cinemas are being proposed. Our regional group in Scotland performs a similar function north of the border. We also organise visits to cinemas and theatres around the UK and overseas and our extensive Archive is available for anyone researching the history of these fascinating buildings.
We publish a bi-monthly Bulletin and, once a year, a full colour, high quality magazine, Picture House. We also publish books on cinema history, including the acclaimed series of definitive UK circuit histories by well-known author, and CTA Committee member, Allen Eyles.
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