First, a look at how cinema was absolutely and indubitably invented in Bath. Kind of:
Sunday 21 February, 7.30
The Magic Box (U)
Director: John Boulting.
Starring Robert Donat, Richard Attenborough, Margaret Johnston, Maria Schell. UK 1951. 105 mins.
Robert Donat delivers a typically moving performance as the British inventor who experimented with motion pictures in his Bath studio (at 9 The Corridor, in fact). Made for the Festival Of Britain, it is notable not just as an interesting slice of little-known 19th-century history, but also for a parade of famous faces popping up in the film as though to pay homage to one of the founders of cinema. Look out for Laurence Olivier, Margaret Rutherford, Peter Ustinov, Stanley Holloway, Marius Goring, Sybil Thorndike, Sid James, Michael Redgrave, Joyce Grenfell, Michael Hordern and many more.
We are delighted that Sir Christopher Frayling will be at The Little to introduce The Magic Box.
Staff will be dressed in vintage clobber, complete with ice cream trays. Should customers wish to avail themselves of the styles of the 1950s, they’ll be made to feel very much at home. Free ice cream is on offer to those that make the effort!