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Essex Record Office cinema announces new film showings

4 July 2017

Romance, drama, politics and horror are all coming to the Essex Records Office thanks to the majesty of the silver screen.

From this July the 140 seat auditorium at their Chelmsford base will be transformed into cinema one day a month showcasing films both new and old. 

With presentations including the cartoon version of George Orwell’s classic political allegory Animal Farm to Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr sizzling in 1950’s romance An Affair to Remember to a touching documentary about one woman’s relationship with her pet terrier there is truly something for everyone.

The films are being shown as part of the British Film Institute’s BFI Neighbourhood Cinema network. 

The new cinema will launch on the 18 July, and they will screen from July-November 2017. The films will include the following: 

  • Animal Farm. Released 1954, Cert U. 18 July, 10.30am
  • The Red Balloon and White Mane. Released 1953. Cert PG. 8 August, 10.30am
  • The Cabinet of Dr Caligari. Released 1920. Cert U. 19 September, 10.30am 
  • An Affair to Remember. Released 1957. Cert U. 17 October, 10.30am 
  • Heart of a Dog, 21 November, 10.30am 
Martin Astell, Senior Archivist for Sound and Video at the Essex Record Office in Chelmsford said “We hope that the ERO Neighbourhood Cinema will give movie lovers the opportunity to watch films on the big screen and in a friendly atmosphere that they are unlikely to see elsewhere.”

Cllr Sue Barker, Councillor for Culture, Communities and Customer said: “The Essex Record Office archive does a fine job of bringing local history to life, and in showing a series of classic films the Neighbourhood Cinema is a fantastic extension of that aim. Not only is this great value for money, I am certain it will bring even more residents into ERO to discover the wonders of our county.”

Tickets for all the screenings are £5. 

For further details about the screenings, please visit 

The Essex Record Office is one of the largest county archives in England. It stores historical archives which tell stories from over one thousand years of our county’s history, as well as over thirty thousand sound and video recordings relating to Essex.