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Cinema St Andrews film season – new venues!

We are delighted to announce that the Cinema St Andrews film season, originally scheduled for The Byre, has been rearranged and will now be playing at different venues across town. The original dates still apply. The season  is intended as a way of celebrating the town’s rich film heritage and of bringing film to different audiences. In staging the events at a variety of venues – including a church and a school – we will be recreating and recalling significant screenings from the last century.  Our first screening next...

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From Silver Screen to the 18th Green

For a small town on the edge of the North Sea, St Andrews has long attracted film stars from around the world. While more recently (since 2001) the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship has brought celebrities such as Samuel L Jackson, Bill Murray and Michael Douglas to town, in the first half of the twentieth century Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Astor, and Laurel and Hardy could all be found wandering the streets and fairways of St Andrews. This week, as part of a collaboration between Dunhill and Cinema St Andrews, we are celebrating this history through a small exhibition at the Old Course Hotel....

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The British are coming … again

This summer sees a nationwide re-release of Chariots of Fire to coincide with the Olympics. Dr Tom Rice discussed the legacy of the film within St Andrews in this BBC article. You can read more about the impact of the film on the town here.

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Cinema St Andrews event at MUSA

On 3 May 2012 Cinema St Andrews organised a morning of presentations at The Museum of University of St Andrews (MUSA). The event provided an opportunity for twelve University students, from the Film Studies module ‘Film and the Archive’, to showcase their research findings on all aspects of local cinema. Topics covered included the use of the cinemas during the Second World War, the establishment of the ‘St Andrews Minors Club’ in the 1960s, the development of a star culture in the town, and a study of early amateur films of St Andrews. Further topics discussed the...

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Movie Going Memories

Movie Going Memories

In an effort to learn more about the history of cinema in St Andrews – and in particular about audiences and moviegoing within the town – Cinema St Andrews has produced a questionnaire, which is available both online and through the St Andrews Preservation Trust Museum. We thought we would highlight here some of the recollections that we have collected so far, which illuminate aspects of St Andrews’ rich cinematic heritage. Many of the responses recall first experiences at the cinema, primal scenes that have left an indelible mark on the moviegoer. For Anne Morris, for instance, this...

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Fife’s place in history of cinema

‘Could an early movie camera have made its British debut in Fife?’ The Courier published an article yesterday (6 April) in advance of  the exhibition (Lights, Camera, Action!) at The St Andrews Trust Preservation Museum. You can read the article, which was based on research from the Cinema St Andrews project, below: The Courier article

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