Big screen bonanza

PUBLISHED: 12:19 11 July 2007 | UPDATED: 11:16 24 May 2010

CINEMA enthusiasts from across the South West will be descending on Clevedon over the coming months to see things that cannot be seen anywhere else. The Curzon Collection opens its doors to the public for its 2007 season, for a series of four Sundays thro

CINEMA enthusiasts from across the South West will be descending on Clevedon over the coming months to see things that cannot be seen anywhere else.The Curzon Collection opens its doors to the public for its 2007 season, for a series of four Sundays through to November. It is a nationally significant accumulation of historic projection equipment and cinema artefacts celebrating over 100 years of cinema. It is the largest such exhibition in any working cinema in the UK and offers the chance to view artefacts not on public display anywhere else.Visitors will be able to see projection and other equipment across the range of gauges including 8mm, 9.5mm, 16mm and 35mm. There is even a very rare 28mm silent projector dating back to 1911 - even older than the Curzon Cinema that houses the collection. The Curzon is believed to be the oldest purpose-built, continuously operated cinema in the world.Centrepiece of the exhibition is a reconstruction of a mid 20th century projection box wall layout within one of the Curzon's original projection rooms.The Curzon Collection open days take place on July 22, September 16, October 21 and November 25. Opening hours are from 10:30am-1pm and admission is free. More details about the open days are available by calling 01275 790559. If you are unable to get to one of the open days in person, you can enjoy a virtual tour of a selection of some of the items by visiting www.curzon.org.uk

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