Sat 6 September: Crystal Palace at the Movies


Join us for a free evening of 3½ short films starring the palace, the park and the subway. A night that frames Crystal Palace as a magical zone of pleasure and transformation.

Two performances at 7pm and 9pm, suitable for adults and older children. Bar opens at 7pm.
When: 7.00pm and 9.00pm Saturday 6 September 2014
Where: Antenna Studios, Bowyers Yard, Haynes Lane, Crystal Palace, London SE19 3AN
Tickets: Free. Book online


sphinx1The Pleasure Garden (Dir. James Broughton 1954, 37mins)
Amidst the ruins of the Crystal Palace Gardens, a frock-coated Minister of Public Behaviour (John le Mesurier) is determined to stamp out the least sign of indecency or lewdness. However a fairy godmother (Hattie Jacques) comes along in his wake and sets the characters in the park skipping, loving and dancing once more with the aid of her magic scarf. A Cannes-winning valentine to the land of Edward Lear, Shakespeare and pantomime.

sphinx2Amelia & the Angel (Dir. Ken Russell 1958, 26mins)
A delightful mix of religious allegory and magical fantasy directed by Ken Russell, who lived in Crystal Palace for many years. A young girl, Amelia, distressed about losing the wings she was to wear in her school nativity play, is saved when she follows an angel into a mysterious building.

sphinx4Journey Into a Lost World (Dir. Ken Russell 1960, 22mins)
The poet John Betjeman reminisces on Britain’s great historical exhibitions: Barnum and Bailey’s circuses, Brighton fairgrounds, Crystal Palace, Alexandra Palace, the original White City pleasure ground, the Empire Exhibition at Wembley and the Festival of Britain.

sphinx3Setting Sun (Dir. Dom & Nic 1996, 4mins)
The video for Chemical Brothers’ 1996 hit, with vocals from Noel Gallagher.

Antenna Studios is next to the space where the Saturday food market is held. Please note that the screening hall is up two flights of steps. This event is brought to you free by Inspired by the Subway and Cinema Forever, thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.