‘Forget petty distinctions between highbrow, lowbrow, age, language or origin – in the great tradition of sixty years of the Everyman’, was the message in the Summer programme of ‘the oldest repertory cinema in the world’. 175 daily changing double and triple bills were advertised, included Tarkovsky alongside Russ Meyer and Martin Scorsese, and Jazz […]
Grants from the London County Council and Channel 4 enabled the refurbishment of the Everyman and a café was opened in the basement in 1986. These were difficult times for cinemas, especially the independents. Cinema attendances nationally were at an all-time low and video was taking off, ultimately reducing the appeal of the Everyman revivals.
Another look at Bergman, the fourth season of this seminal director, became a regular feature, culminating in a seventeen-film tribute in 1977. During the 1960s, with the flowering of auteur cinema, the Everyman was in the forefront of promoting world cinema with the works of directors like Satyajit Ray, Godard and Antonioni.
The Everyman celebrated its twenty first birthday with a booklet looking back at its significant films and art displays as well publishing appreciations from film makers and critics. But the cinema was also looking forwards: the new wide screen projection cinemascope was installed, and a refurbished foyer gallery was opened.
The Fairfax Joneses re-opened the Everyman in February. At first prewar favourites, including Mädchen in Uniform, and the Paula Wessely films, were shown. When films were imported again from abroad, Everyman audiences were introduced to more recent productïons like Renoir’s The Southerner and Eisenstein’s Ivan the Terrible. But it was Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane which […]
The first Marx Brothers Season. It was so successful that it was repeated in 1937, 1938 and 1939, and regularly after the War, for many decades to come. Seasons of directors and stars – of René Clair, Paula Wessely, Alfred Hitchcock and others – were pioneered by the Everyman and became a distinctive part of […]
The Everyman, the UK’s first repertory cinema, opened on Boxing Day with René Clair’s Le Million (1931) supported by a Mack Sennett comedy Turbulent Timber, a Disney cartoon and Paramount News. Originally a Victorian drill hall the building had been transformed in the 1920s into the famous Everyman Theatre. The mission of the new cinema […]