Free Screenings - Current Season 2020 December 02 2016



WEDNESDAYS, 7.45pm. Bar open from 7.00pm. Ticket-free – No booking required. Free parking adjacent to Film Theatre - enter from College Road opposite Queen Anne Street


Wednesday 15th January  7.45pm

WHAT’S “IN THE ROUND” COMES AROUND - Vic Archive tribute
This is a tribute to the Victoria Theatre Archive (VTA) which preserves and makes accessible the heritage of the old Victoria Theatre from the 1960s to 1980s and the first decade of the New Victoria Theatre up to 1998. The original 1962 Victoria was the first purpose-built Theatre-in-the-Round in the UK and won international fame with its pioneering productions. With the need for a new building in the 1980s, we'll chart the drive to raise funding for the New Victoria Theatre - opened in 1986 - see features on playwrights Peter Terson and Arthur Berry - plus extracts from some of the Cheeseman Lectures - featuring film director Mike Leigh, designer Alison Chitty, director Ken Loach and actor Ken Campbell. We will see archive film clips from productions over the decades, with personal reminiscences from Vic actors, staff and volunteers.

Curator Romy Cheeseman will report on the latest developments for this unique collection - housed at Staffordshire University. 

The VTA provides a comprehensive record of the life and work of The Vic and New Vic Theatres during the 36 years of Peter Cheeseman’s directorship from 1962 – 1998. Hundreds of photographs, production records and letters, plus the extensive collection of recorded interviews with local people for the 11 documentary plays, provide a unique social and historical resource for students, academics, theatre historians and members of the general public. Visits can be arranged by contacting Staffordshire University Library at:

Wednesday 22nd January  6.00pm 
ARRIVE20 - Student Films 2nd year short Fiction
Wednesday 29th January    7.45pm
“MACBETH” - Community Production of Shakespeare’s Classic
This screening is a tribute to Alex Lyon - director and lead actor - and all members of his substantial production team to achieve a worthy feature-length screen version of Shakespeare’s darkest play. The entire production was filmed in Kidsgrove, using a whole variety of locations. An army of helpers created sets, costumes and props. It has been a massive undertaking and a shining example of community involvement and support.

Wednesday 5th February    7.45pm

THE ROARING TWENTIES: a Century on – Stoke in the Jazz Age

WWI cast a dreadful shadow across the start of the decade here as in other places. The world needed to recover socially and change pace in technology. This collection of early films of Stoke and North Staffordshire shows local events and achievements – culminating in Stoke being made a City in 1925 (we see film of that very day), getting its own Lord Mayor in 1928 and celebrating its heritage in the City Historical Pageant of 1930. This was the biggest event ever staged in the Potteries, and it was captured impressively on film – queues stretched round the block at the Regent Cinema for its screenings shortly after its week of performances in Hanley Park – see the highlights for yourself.


Wednesday 12th February    7.45pm


With roads crowded with cars and subsequent pollution and movement problems, public transport remains a central issue in today’s urban communications and movement of millions. The Potteries was the second UK conurbation to install a tramway system in Victorian times, so was at the forefront of a transport revolution. Within a few decades it moved from horse-drawn trams, then steam trams pulled by curious, squat locomotives and finally had a fully electrified overhead power supply system - we followed universal developments, although our tram system ended 90 years ago - superseded by the buses. All this is shown through archive film footage from the 1890s to today. Now trams are back and the system is expanding.


Wednesday 19th February    7.45pm

DON’T MISS THE BUS! Omnibus Evolution caught on Film

This compilation of archive and documentary shows how the bus overtook the tram and became a mainstay of public transport in our towns and cities. Again there is host of archive film sequences from the 1890s to today. The evening is also an insight into and a tribute to the Potteries Omnibus Preservation Society.


Wednesday 26th February   6.00pm


Premiere screening of the latest films from students of the Media/Film Production Courses at Staffordshire University.


Wednesday 4th March  6.00pm


Premiere screening of the latest films from final year students of the Media/Film Production Courses at Staffordshire University.


Wednesday 11th March     7.45pm


A tribute to the Biddulph History Society who continually run projects, presentations and events charting the heritage of this town on the northern border of Staffordshire. Currently working with Staffordshire Film Archive in digitising a substantial collection of films made over half a century ago, here we are premiering a selection of films taken on a number of subjects and unseen for decades – plus some more recent films by Biddulph filmmakers.