King’s Lynn Cinema Club event delves into the past

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A unique presentation of films recreating the cinema of years gone by, with comedies, drama, news and animation from 1907 to 1912, is due to be screened this November.

The club’s education officer, Sue Burge, said: “We are really looking forward to welcoming both Cinema Club members and members of the public to this event and we hope more people will join the Cinema Club as a result. The Club is not just about watching films, we have a great social and education programme too.”

David Cleveland and Nigel Lister will present At the Picture Palace A Century Ago, at Lynn Town Hall on November 13.

An original silent hand-turned film projector, rescued from a Southwold cinema, will be used to show a selection of films using new 35mm prints of the original films.

Watch a typical chase comedy from 1910, A Race for A Bride, a trick animation film from 1908, A Dream of Toyland, a colourful drama of airships over England from 1909, Aerial Torpedo, which was re-released in 1915, and much more.

This programme has been presented in many places over the years by film archivist, David Cleveland, and vintage cinematograph equipment restorer and musician, Nigel Lister.

On the night, both will be dressed in Edwardian costume and the show includes live piano accompaniment and a full running commentary.

This is a chance to see films from the first days of the cinemas, to hear how the mechanics worked to produce a moving image, to see what the films looked like on the screen and hear how they were shot on wooden hand-turned cameras.

Starting at 7.30pm, tickets cost £7.50 and are available to book by emailing Go to for more details.