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The Final Reel (2016)

From the early days of silent cinema, through the golden age of the picture palace to the modern multiplexes and beyond, The Final Reel takes an affectionate and entertaining look at our nations' obsession with cinema.


Jonathan Blagrove


John Hurt




Credited cast:
John Hurt ... Narrator (voice)


This feature length documentary tells the fascinating story of how cinemas and cinema-going have developed and flourished over the years - even in some of the most rural parts of England. Along the way we will meet some of the colourful characters that are a key part of this narrative and hear the tales of how they kept the audience coming back. For many people their local cinema is their favourite place in the world, their second home, and their last community space. The Final Reel is a film that celebrates local cinemas - past and present - and our timeless obsession with the buildings, films, film stars and the people that spend their lives in-thrall of them. The Final Reel features a mix of actuality, interviews and archive material and offers an entertaining overview of the history of cinema-going in Norfolk and a snapshot of cinema-going in England today. It also asks the question; Is this the Final Reel in the story of cinema or just another chapter in its continuing ... Written by Coda Films

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The story of our love affair with cinemas




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Lost Opportunity
26 December 2017 | by fickjinks-614-24827See all my reviews

A lost opportunity to tell the story of Cinema in Norfolk. Concentrating mainly on Norwich and no mention of the almost 70 cinema's in the area. For example The County at Aylsham. The first cinema before Norwich to install Cinemascope. No mention of Colin Aldiss who kept Cinema going in East Dereham. Hardly a mention of Douglas Bostock who had a chain of cinema's in the area. Cromer over a hundred years old and still running. The Fisher family at Stalham who built their own. John Browne of Downham Market who took 20th Century Fox to task to allow the Regent to show "The Sound of Music". list is endless . Just a photo of some of these buildings would have sufficed but no mention at all. The Regal Wymondham quite rightly gets a mention being one of the last independents to keep running for a number of years but sadly it's mainly Norwich. Almost five years this project took to put together such a shame and I repeat a lost opportunity....

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9 September 2016 (UK) See more »

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Norwich, Norfolk, England, UK See more »


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GBP20,000 (estimated)
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16 : 9
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