History of The Kinema
The Kinema in the Woods started life as a sports and entertainment pavilion dated from the late 19th Century. The pavilion sat in the grounds of The Victoria Hotel, looking over tennis courts, croquet lawns and gardens, until The Victoria Hotel burnt down on Easter Sunday 1920, this led to the relationship between the hotel and the pavilion being severed.
In 1922, Sir Archibald and Lady Weigall purchased the Victoria Hotel ruins including the sports pavilion and, with the assistance of Captain Carleton Cole Allport, the pavilion was transformed into a cinema which opened its doors on Monday September 11th 1922 at 7pm. The first film to be shown was intended to be "The Lion Eaters", however the film failed to arrive and a Charlie Chaplin film was shown in its place.
Due to the roof trusses in the building, which are too low for an image to be projected from the back of the auditorium, films in Screen One at The Kinema are projected from behind the screen and on to a mirror to flip the image. This is then shown on the back of the screen. The Kinema is believed to be the only full-time cinema in the UK still using rear projection.
Most of the auditorium (the current Screen One) was fitted with tip-up seats, however the front six rows were deck chairs. These seats were much sought after at at 1s 6d (other seats ranged from 1s 3d to 6d). The deck chairs remained in The Kinema until 1953.
The first sound projector was installed in The Kinema in 1928 and was replaced in 1978 by two electronically controlled projectors.
Major C. C. Allport ran the cinema for over 50 years, until 1973 when it was taken over by the present owner, James Green.
In June 1987 James Green installed a Compton Kinestra organ in The Kinema, which features an ornate lacquered red and gold console with an eighteenth century oriental design. The organ is still situated in Screen One and played regularly by The Kinema's resident organist, Alan Underwood .
A 92-seat auditorium, Kinema Two, was opened on Friday July 8th 1994 with a screening of "Four Weddings and A Funeral". The auditorium walls of Screen Two depict scenes of rural Lincolnshire in trompe l’oeil style painted by Canadian artist Murray Hubick.
The Kinema in the Woods is currently open seven evenings a week with matinee showings on Saturdays, Sundays and during the school holidays.
Click here for information about the forthcoming Kinema in the Woods DVD
Other film news
Following the demands of the Sony hackers, the Seth Rogen and James Franco political satire 'The Interview' has been shelved in its home market of America.
The London Film Critics' Circle has announced the nominations for its 35th annual awards ceremony, with Mike Leigh's historical biopic Mr Turner leading the way with seven nominations, including Film of the Year and British Film of the Year.
The massive hack on film studio sony Pictures has become a media firestorm with a wealth of sensitive information being leaked by hacking group Guardians of Peace. Here's the rundown of events:
Double Oscar winner Sean Penn hasn't been known to close in the most commercial of film projects, but as he's reached his fifties the 'Mystic River' and 'Milk' star appears to have had a change of heart.
The Golden Globe nominations have been announced and âBirdmanâ âBoyhoodâ and âImitation Gameâ are leading the pack while some heavy hitters found themselves snubbed: 'Interstellar' settled for just a music nomination for Hans Zimmer's score and Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken' got nothing, as did Clint Eastwood's war drama 'American Sniper' starring a snubbed Bradley Cooper.
The hackers that struck Sony Pictures and revealed star salaries as well as leaking screener copies of some of their films onto torrent websites have taunted the studio again.
'The Fighter' star Mark Wahlberg is seeking redemption - he's just filed for a pardon over a crime he was convicted of back in 1988.
'Skyfall' director Sam Mendes took to the Pinewood Studios stage to formally announce the particulars of the forthcoming James Bond movie. The Oscar winner revealed that 007's 24th adventure would be titled 'Spectre'.
Amateur boxer turned pin-up actor turned pro boxer turned Oscar nominated actor turned pro boxer again Mickey Rourke scored a professional boxing match win at the age of 62 last week, but some sources now claim the two round fight was rigged.
One of the earliest to announce their film picks in the awards season, the Independent Spirit Awards have revealed their nominations with director Alejandro G. Inarritu's 'Birdman' leading the way with six noms.
Mike Nichols, the visionary director who won an Oscar for one of the most definitive pictures of the 1960s - 'The Graduate' - and was nominated for a further four, has died aged 83.
Sexual assault allegations have once again surfaced against comedian and actor Bill Cosby, but he has flat-out refused to address them.
Quentin Tarantino favourite and double Oscar winner Christoph Waltz is set to play the next villain the James Bond franchise, according to reports.
It's official: 'The Evil Dead' is coming back to screens with original star Bruce Campbell involved alongside director Sam Raimi.
Oscar winner Matt Damon has confirmed that he's returning to the espionage Bourne franchise with another movie set to be released in 2016.
To celebrate the DVD and Blu-ray release of The Fault in Our Stars (out November 3rd), check out this interview with lead actors Shailene Woodley (Hazel) & Ansel Elgort (Gus).
'Captain Philips' Oscar winner Tom Hanks is adding another feather to his cap - he's just revealed plans to enter the field of literature.
The 1982 family-favourite, about an extra-terrestrial trying to return home beat other sci-fi heavy hittings such as Ridley Scott's horror 'Alien' and the Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones buddy comedy 'Men in Black' to the top spot.
Benedict Cumberbatch is now in the frame to add the Marvel superhero universe to his already glowing CV.
According to an anonymous extra on the set of upcoming superhero epic 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice', Jena Malone has been cast as a female version of Batman's sidekick Robin.