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Archive screening at The Little

September 25, 2016 @ 3:00 pm

The Little is proud to present a screening of long-lost footage of the
city (footage that the Little actually had a hand in losing…).
Preceded by introductions from Bath historian Dr Amy Frost and
broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby, the film is being shown as part of the
Little’s 80th birthday celebrations, and the staff will be decked-out
in vintage dress for the day.

Dusty old reels tucked away in the corner of the projection room have
been revealed as rare film of Bath from 1952. It is thought that the
Little borrowed the film in the 1960s then forgot to return it. On
sending the film to the BFI, the cinema was told that this was footage
that had been considered lost for many years. Like, oops!

Bath: Queen of the West will be shown on Sunday 25th September at

The travel documentary, presented by Richard Dimbleby, shows a
different Bath from the one we know now, before the bulldozers did
their work in the 1960s, and with walls still covered in soot.
Broadcast as part of the About Britain series, the programme takes in
the Roman Baths, where the presenter talks to the assistant curator
about excavations on the site. The programme also features a history
of the city, the roles of figures such as Beau Nash and Ralph Allen,
and stunning architecture including Prior Park, the Royal Crescent and
Circus. Dimbleby explores local traditional industries, discovering
how Bath stone is cut in a nearby quarry and how gold leaf is applied
to book covers at a bindery. This is followed by a visit to local
author Horace Annersley Vachell, then in his 91st year, before ending
with a trip to Bath Abbey.
Dick Fiddy of the BFI said ‘This is a genuine new find from the early
days of TV and an intriguing travelogue featuring a fascinating look
at Bath of the 1950s.’

The screening will be introduced by Dr Amy Frost, who will talk about
Bath’s architectural heritage as exhibited in the film. There will
also be a few words from ex-Bathonian Jonathan Dimbleby, whose first
chance it will be to see what his dad had to say about his old home
city. There will also be some images on screen from Bath in Time.

Manager Martin Jennings-Wright said ‘When we came across this material
we had no idea it would be such a find! We are very grateful to the
BFI for permitting the screening and for the Bath Preservation Trust
and Bath in Time for lending such support. It’s exciting to be able to
show this material at last, and it will be very interesting to see
what the people of Bath make of this window on the past’

Tickets from www.picturehouses.co.uk or 0871 902 5735.


September 25, 2016
3:00 pm
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The Little Theatre
1-2 St. Michaels Place
Bath, BA1 1SF
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