Silent Cinema with Will Pickvance: A Night at the Cinema in 1914

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Fri 23 June | Festival Theatre


Duration: 2 hours 5 minutes (including interval)

Age: U

Ticket prices

General from: £14.50*


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Presented as part of the Edinburgh International Film Festival

Will Pickvance recreates a typical night out at the cinema in 1914, accompanying this glorious miscellany of comedies, adventure films, travelogues and newsreels.

Cinema a century ago was a new, exciting and highly democratic form of entertainment. Picture houses across Britain offered a sociable, lively environment in which to relax and escape from the daily grind. With feature films still rare, the programme was an entertaining, ever-changing roster of short items with live musical accompaniment.

Among the highlights of this programme of 14 shorts films are a quirky comic short about a face-pulling competition, a sensational episode of the American film serial The Perils of Pauline, an early aviation display, scenes of suffragettes protesting at Buckingham Palace and Allied troops celebrating Christmas at the Front. There is also an anti-German animation film and an early sighting of one of cinema’s greatest icons…

Produced by the British Film Institute, A Night at the Cinema in 1914 has screened in over 120 venues.

Pickvance begins the night with an introduction to the art of silent film accompaniment in his own unique style.



Will Pickvance Introduction to Silent Film (20 minutes)

Interval (20 minutes)

A Night at the Cinema in 1914 (85 minutes)


5 stars rating "Inspired... top quality entertainment" The Guardian

"Combines all that was best about the early days of the movies" Sight & Sound

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