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Thursday  25th  October 6:00 - 9:00pm

100 Years of Cinema - St Mary's Church, Church Green

An exhibition of historic cinema posters, equipment through the ages, and amusing archive footage.


Not only will we be using a 1970's 16mm film projector for the screenings, we'll be exhibiting equipment and artwork from cinema throughout the past one hundred years – starting in 1912 with a hand-cranked home cinema projector (which still works!). There are two themes for the evening: one is Witney and the surrounding area, and the other is James Bond because October 2012 marks exactly 50 years since Dr. No the first Bond film was released. We'll be running a bar too so relax with a glass of Witney Film Festiv'ale (Wychwood brewed) and a bag of popcorn. The evening's screening will be structured just like it used to be back in the day: a news reel, cartoon, trailers, main content, even a national anthem to round things off as was once the norm!

During the evening we'll be showing a short documentary about Witney's Early's factory making a blanket 'from sheep to shop' in 24 hours, a 1970's news piece about Dutch people using cardboard to solve the housing shortage problem, a bannered Daffy Duck cartoon, and heaps more. We'll also have an amazing selection of flim posters on display, some from the bygone Witney Cinema (which was where the new Wetherspoon's pub now is) from as early as the 1920's, and we thought we'd stir in a good measure of Bond too with various original James Bond film posters, memorbilia, and trailers.

St Mary's Church from 6:00 - 9:00pm

Exhibition of the Gordon Hendry Archive

An example of the display items which will be on show:

Pathe Kok hand cranked projector (1912)

Pathescope Baby hand cranked projector (1922)

Kodascope silent 16mm projector (1923)

A selection of James Bond posters

Palace Cinema, Witney programmes (1940's, 50's, 60's)

Intermittent Screenings of original filmreel throughout the evening

The screenings are made up of newsclips, trailers and shorts. Screened by decade and finishing with 50 Years of Bond


Gaumont British News (1945)

Musical Minatures, Emmerson Mountaineers, "You are my sunshine"

"Plane Daffy" Wartime propaganda cartoon (1945)

 "The Easiest Way" trailer (1931)

"Conflict" Humphrey Bogart, trailer (1945)

"The Magic Bow" Stewart Grange, trailer (1945)


Pathe review of 1954

"Have Do" Bugs Bunny, Technicolor

"It's Magic" Doris Day musical, trailer

"Pay Rou" (1959)

Trailers: Babycham, Guiness, Senoir Service cigarettes (1958)

"God Save the Queen"


Pathe News (1969)

Witney Early's Blanket Factory

"The Black Torment" trailer (1964)

Witney blankets trailer

"Silence is Golden" Barclay's Bank

"The Shrinking History of the Cinema" (1969)

"Ilford" cameras/film (1961)

"Captain Scarlett" Sugar Smacks


"Europe Pictoral" Newsreel promoting cardboard homes (1977)

"Rodent to Satrdom" Daffy Duck/Speedy Gonzales

"The Towering Inferno" trailer (1975)

"Herbie goes to Monte Carlo" trailer (1977)

"Battle for the Planet of the Apes" trailer (1971)

 A selection of 1970's trailers

"The End" Sooty

50 Years of James Bond


"Dr. No" (1962)

"From Russia with Love" (1963)

"Goldfinger" (1964)

"Thunderball" (1965)

"You Only Live Twice" (1967)

"On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (1969)

"Diamonds Are Forever" (1971)

"Live and Let Die" (1973)