• Short Summary

    When the South Bank Exhibition - part of Britain's Festival Year enterprises - closed in 1951, the Talekinema designed as one of the temporary exhibition building, was taken over by the British Film Institute and after being re-equipped was re-opened in 1952 as the National Film Theatre.

  • Description

    When the South Bank Exhibition - part of Britain's Festival Year enterprises - closed in 1951, the Talekinema designed as one of the temporary exhibition building, was taken over by the British Film Institute and after being re-equipped was re-opened in 1952 as the National Film Theatre.

    But the lease on the site, which was owned by the London County Council, was of five years duration only. However, with the imminent expiry of the lease, the Institute established a new theatre nearby and it is this centre which was opened officially last night (October 15) by Princess Margaret.

    The theatre is labelled 'National' but it is far more than that. The film which will be shown, the techniques displayed, indeed every impact of motion picture history and development housed in this new theatre will be truly International.

    A crowd of stars, including Gina Lollobrigida and Kenneth More, were among the distinguished film personalities who attended the opening, together with directors from all parts of the world. Lord Hailsham, Chairman of the Conservative party, also attended in an honorary capacity.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA86XL071U98ATY2QVZNF43JWK
    Media URN:
    VLVA86XL071U98ATY2QVZNF43JWK
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/10/1957
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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