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Rochester Film Society has brought back to life a cinema last regularly used in the 1920s.
During 1910 the Clock House on Rochester High Street became Rochester’s first cinema known as ‘The Old Corn Exchange Picture Palace’. the cinema ran until the 1920’s with the corn exchange running from the new hall until 1960.
Now Rochester Film Society, who already screen films from Chatham Odeon on a Thursday night, will be screening films from Rochester Picture Palace every Tuesday evening.
The Rochester Film Society was formed 5 years ago with the intention of screening films not usually shown at local cinemas, from Independent British and American, Contemporary World Cinema as well as Documentaries, Avant Garde and Experimental Films. They also screen classics, from musicals and dramas to more obscure classics.
RENOIR [12A cert, 112 minutes]
TUES 15 OCT
Director: Gilles Bourdos [French]
Synopsis: French Riviera in the summer of 1915, a young woman enchants, and inspires both young Jean and his father Auguste Renoir, after WW1.
THE SPIRIT OF ’45 [U cert, 94 minutes]
TUES 22 OCT
Director: Ken Loach [UK]
Synopsis: Documentary on how the spirit of unity, which buoyed Britain during the war years, carried through to create a vision of a fairer, united society.
A HIJACKING [15 cert, 101 minutes]
TUES 29 OCT
Director: Tobias Lindholm [Denmark]
Synopsis: The crew of a Danish cargo ship is hijacked by Somali pirates who proceed to engage in escalating negotiations with authorities in Copenhagen
THERESE DESQUEYROUX [12 cert, 110 minutes]
TUES 5 NOV
Director: Claude Miller [French]
Synopsis: An unhappily married woman struggles to break free from social pressures.
LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE [12A cert, 110 minutes]
TUES 12 NOV
Director: Abbas Kiarostami [Japan]
Synopsis: In Tokyo, a young prostitute develops an unexpected connection with a widower over a period of two days.
SOMETHING IN THE AIR [15 cert, 122 minutes]
TUES 19 NOV
Director: Olivier Assayas [French]
Synopsis: Post-May ’68, a group of radical young Europeans search for a way to continue the revolution believed to be just beginning.