Chester Film Fans enjoyed a classic day out at the pictures on Sunday when Hollywood stars such as Douglas Fairbanks Junior and Buster Crabbe graced the silver screen once again for a special event hosted by The Chester Film Co-op.
As part of Northgate’s “Journey Through Time” Festival, the Film Co-op held a special screening of classic 1930s films and public-domain retro science-fiction serials in their Studio on Northgate Street. The event was organised by Co-op members Dan Fox, Natalie Meer, Nathan Head, Mark Ellingham, Caroline Backhouse, Janet Hodgson and Jodie Forshaw and the programme was specially selected to reflect what would have played during the early years of the Chester Odeon Cinema when it was opened in 1936 by Douglas Fairbanks Junior himself.
Also shown were a collection of archive adverts and idents provided by Patrick Steele, brand manager for Odeon, originally produced in 1985 to celebrate British Film Week.
Based in the Northgate Quarter, The Chester Film Co-op is a creative place for film-makers and artists to meet, make films, and share ideas. The initiative is part of the RE:NEW project to develop and transform the Grade 2 listed Odeon building into a new Cultural Centre. To coincide with the vintage film screenings last weekend, The Chester Film Co-op is currently exhibiting the work of local photographer Neil Kendall in Studio 2 on Northgate Street, which depicts recreated scenes of community Wartime moments from street parties to everyday working class life as well as troops in the trenches.
The Co-op has an exciting programme of upcoming short film screenings, networking events, popup exhibitions and installations throughout the summer. To find out more visit their website at http://www.chesterfilmco-op.co.uk or follow them on facebook.com/chesterfilmcoop for the latest updates and event listings.