Special introduction prior to the evening Double Bill of Diana Dors in September: Adelphi Films – A Lost Archive.


Kate Lees of Adelphi Films will introduce our  fabulous Diana Dors double bill prior to our 7.30pm screening. Adelphi is a  family company  and she is the third generation to run it.. Kate will tell us about the history of the company and its charismatic founder Arthur Dent who had a long and glamorous career in the industry  from 1914 to 1956 when he died.

The Adelphi film collection is a ‘lost’ archive of British feature films many of which  have not been seen for over 60 years. They were stored for decades in a suburban garage in Highgate, London, their existence only known to a few film enthusiasts. The Adelphi film collection represents a classic period of British film-making, and  includes the first 2  films that Peter Sellers made in 1953 with Spike Milligan and Harry Secombe – later to become the Goons  – ‘Penny Points to Paradise’  and ‘Lets Go Crazy’

The collection includes over 40 films made in the 1940s and 1950s – the missing link between Gainsborough Pictures and the raw “kitchen sink” dramas of the early 1960s.   The collection includes comedy, drama, horror, crime, romance and passion, and some shorts and documentaries.  They truly reflect the social and cultural period in which they made and are both entertaining and interesting as a vital part of film history and social history.

Tickets for this exciting Double Bill with either simply the screenings at 11am or the screenings and introduction at 7.30pm on Friday 9th September can be booked in person at The Plaza Box Office, by calling our booking line on 0161 477 7779 or by visiting the whats on section of this web site.

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