I’m sure that, like us, you’ll be excited to hear that The Cheltenham Film Festival, running from Friday 4th November – Sunday 6th November, will be showing silent films screening in The Daffodil. The Daffodil is now a restaurant but formerly it was a 1920’s Art Deco cinema which first opened as The Daffodil cinema in 1922 during the silent film era. It was, apparently, a highly popular venue. In 1930 a sound system replaced the orchestra as ‘talkies’ took hold, (boo! hiss!). The cinema eventually shut in 1963 & has been just a restaurant since.
Anyway, the important information, the films. Firstly on the 5th November Picadilly (1929), (written by Arnold Bennett (original screenplay) & starring Gilda Gray, Anna May Wong and Jameson Thomas) will be screening at 2pm. It will be accompanied by long time friend of Bristol Silents, Steven Horne on piano. This is not only a rare opportunity to see a classic 1920’s film but it will be an even rarer opportunity to see the screening in a venue where it was actually screened on release in the 1920’s!
Mark Stephens, proprietor of The Daffodil said:
“Bringing the movies back to The Daffodil is going to be remarkable. We’ve always been really proud of our cinematic Art Deco heritage…Seeing silent films evocative of the period when this building was in its heyday as a cinema, accompanied by live performances from really talented musicians, is going to be exceptional”.
Here’s what IMDB says about Piccadilly:
A young Chinese woman, working in the kitchen at London dance club, is given the chance to become the club’s main act which soon leads to a plot of betrayal, forbidden love and murder.
Also showing on Sunday 6th November is a programme titled Frocks, Frolics and Follies. On The Daffodil’s website this is described as:
Together with Jenny Hammerton, we are presenting a rare opportunity to see excerpts of films which peek inside the glitzy and glamorous clubs and cabarets of the roaring 20’s and flirty 30’s
Again there will be a live musical accompaniment, this time by Costas Fotopoulos, another very talented silent film accompanist.
The films start at 2pm & are preceded by a two course meal. It appears there’s no way to just see the films so the ticket price that follows includes a two course meal: £45 full price or £43 concession.
For further information or to make a booking contact The Daffodil directly on 01242 700 055 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cheltenham film website can be found here
IMDB for Picadilly is here