A Night at the Cinema in 1914

In cinemas from 1 August.

Cinema a century ago was a new, exciting and highly democratic form of entertainment. Picture houses nationwide offered a sociable, lively environment in which to relax and escape from the daily grind. With feature films still rare, the programme was an entertaining, ever-changing roster of short items with live musical accompaniment. 100 years on, this special compilation from the BFI National Archive recreates the glorious miscellany of comedies, dramas, travelogues and newsreels which would have constituted a typical night out in 1914. Our selection includes a comic short about a face-pulling competition, a sensational episode of The Perils of Pauline, scenes of Allied troops celebrating Christmas at the Front, and an early sighting of one of cinema’s greatest icons…

Venues

1 August
BFI Southbank

1 August
Dundee Contemporary Arts

2 August
Curzon Victoria

2 August
Curzon Mayfair

2 August
Curzon Ripon

3 August
Curzon Richmond Filmhouse

3 August
Ritz Belper

3 August
Regal Melton Mowbray

3 August
Hebden Bridge Picturehouse

4-5 August
Belmont Aberdeen

4 August
Errol Flynn Filmhouse Northampton

4 August
Cambridge Arts Picturehouse

4 August
Cinema City Norwich

4 August
Duke of York’s Brighton

4 August
Clapham Picturehouse

4 August
Harbour Lights Southampton

4 August
Hackney Picturehouse

4 August
Cameo Edinburgh

4 August
Stratford East Picturehouse

4 August
Picturehouse at FACT Liverpool

4 August
Phoenix Oxford Picturehouse

4 August
Gate Notting Hill

4 August
Abbeygate Picturehouse Bury SE

4 August
Stratford on Avon Picturehouse

4 August
Regal Picturehouse Henley On Thames

4 August
Little Theatre Bath

4 August
Ritzy Brixton

4 August
Greenwich Picturehouse

4 August
Exeter Picturehouse

4 August
City Screen York Picturehouse

8 August
Big Screen Belfast City Hall

9 August
New Park Chichester

10 August
Alhambra Keswick

11-12 August
MAC Birmingham

15-21 August
Corn Exchange, Newbury

17 August
Electric Palace Harwich

15-21 August
Nation Media Museum, Bradford

19 August
Ipswich Film Theatre

20-21 August
Barn Dartington

21 August
Broadway Nottingham

24 August
Rex Wareham

26 August
Electric Notting Hill

26 August
Dukes Lancaster

26 August
Stamford Arts Centre

30 August
Exeter Phoenix

31 August
Cornerhouse Manchester

3-4 September
Rex Elland Yorks

5-7 September
Phoenix Arts, Leicester

6 September
Richard Booth’s Bookshop Hay on Eye

6 September
Rio Dalston

6-8 September
Quad Derby

12 September
Forum, Hexham

13 September
Kinoculture Oswestry

14 September
MAC Birmingham

16-17 September
Eden Court Inverness

16-17 September
Wyllyots Theatre, Potters Bar

19 September
Strode Theatre

20 September
Forest Row Film Society, East Sussex

21-22 September
Ritz Cinema Thirsk Yorkshire

22 September
David Lean Cinema Croydon

26 September
Haslemere Hall Surrey

26 September
Branchage Film Festival Jersey

26 September
Branchage Film Festival Jersey

26 September
An Lanntair Arts Centre, Stornoway

29 September
Arthouse Crouch End

29 September
Curzon Knutsford

5 October
Aldeburgh Cinema

5 October
Gulbenkian, Canterbury

8 October
Corn Exchange Wallingford

8 October
Hailsham Pavilion

15 October
Lighthouse Poole

28 October
Roses, Tewkesbury

1 November
Hippodrome Bo’ness

2 November
Electric Picture House, Wotton-under-Edge

7 November
Hyde Park Leeds

8 November
Electric Palace Bridport

9 November
Chorley Empire Community Cinema

17 November
Number 8, Pershore

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