For over 70 years the Strand presented films in the magical medium of 35mm before the cinema industry embraced modernity and shifted to digital. Come and join us to blow the dust off the Westrex Westar projector, splice together a film reel or two and fire up the bulb for a day celebrating celluloid in all its forms.
Drop in from 3pm for an open display of lenses, films and other artefacts in the foyer, along with a selection of 16mm shorts.
Later in the evening enjoy a talk on working with 35mm from the Strand’s resident projectionist and heritage tour guide, Alan McClurg, followed by Super 8 shorts, featuring bizarre B-movies and some familiar favourites.
The feature presentation for the evening is Michael Mann’s neo-noir classic Thief. If celluloid is all about grain and texture then what could be more perfect than Mann’s gritty 1981 thriller, with its icy blue hues, rain-drenched streets and neon-lit nights? The late great James Caan stars as Frank, a car salesman who accepts a big diamond score from the Chicago mob against his better judgement.
Cinephilia, an exhibition by Robert J.E. Simpson will be available to view in the upstairs gallery from 4th November.
From 3:00pm – Display of projection artefacts in foyer
6.30pm – Talk on 35mm from Strand projectionist Alan McClurg
7:00pm – Super 8 clips & shorts
8:00pm – Thief on 35mm