The Rex and Tivoli Cinemas at Topsham Hall 1931-60

Topsham HallThe builder of the hall, Henry Gould, who had opened Topsham's first cinema, the Cosy, in the 1920s, set his sights on Matthews Hall for a cinema from the start. Gould again set up his projection equipment, this time in a purpose built projection box with twin projectors, allowing multi-reel films to be shown.  (TFS still use the projection room to this day).The cinema proved to be very popular and queues often waited for the front door when a popular feature was shown. The usual cowboys, cartoons and adventure films were shown at the Saturday morning shows for the local children. Sometimes a rowdy youngster had to be removed and banned from the next show, by Gordon Edds who operated the cinema, as he had the Cosy. He made his own custom screen and installed a Morrison sound system in 1931. The first sound film to be shown was Palmy Days, with Edward Cantor. The cinema was named the Rex by 1939, managed by A G Curtis. After the Second War, Topsham Entertainments was formed, a British Thompson Houston sound system installed, and the cinema was renamed the Tivoli. A 15ft 6in widescreen was even installed by the operator, Wing Commander A R Buere. The cinema closed in 1960.
 
Topsham Film Society is proud to continue this tradition of screening quality films to the residents of Topsham and surrounding areas. (Picture and some text used with thanks to D . Cornforth. Exeter Memories)

Upcoming Films

Lion

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2016, UK/Australia/USA 118mins

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Call Me By Your Name

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2017, English/French/Italian 132 mins

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Babette's Feast

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14th December 2018

1987, Danish (subtitles) 103 mins

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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

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4th January 2019

1953, USA 91 mins

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Trumbo

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18th January 2019

2015, USA 124 mins

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The Olive Tree

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1st February 2019

2016, Spain (subtitles) 100 mins

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Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool

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15th February 2019

2017, UK 106 mins

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Members' Choice

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TFS members will choose one of the following films to be screened on 1st March 2019 ...

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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15th March 2019

2017, USA 115 mins

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