The Rex and Tivoli Cinemas at Matthews Hall Topsham1931-60

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)

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TFS 2023-24 Season

End of Season

The 2023-24 season has now finished.

The Topsham Film Society (TFS) was established in 2004 and has shown more than 200 films. It is run on a not-for-profit basis for the benefit of the local community by a committee of volunteers.
We show films in Matthews Hall on two Fridays each month during a season that usually runs from October to March and includes a minimum of 12 films.

Films shown include; contemporary, classic, foreign language, and local interest films. There are two screenings of each film; matinees begin at 3pm and all films (including those in English) are subtitled, and evening showings begin at 7.30pm.

A list of films screened by TFS can be found by clicking the More Info tab and selecting the relevant archive.

The next season begins on Friday 4th October 2024. Information about the films in the 2024-25 programme and a membership application form can be found on this website from August onwards.