Mobile cinema sets up shop in Birmingham

If you were passing by Town Hall on Thursday afternoon last week you might
have noticed a rather unusual vehicle parked outside. A sixties mobile cinema wasstationed in Victoria Square as part of Town Hall?s collaboration withFlatpack Festival, a five day extravaganza of filmscreenings and cultural events taking place across the city.

This unique piece of cinematic heritage was initially commissioned by Minister of Technology Tony Benn in 1967 as part of a project to promote modern production methods in British factories. The vehicle was restored by Devon arts graduate and vintage vehicle enthusiast Ollie Halls and his partner Emma Gifford.

Members of the public were invited to have a look inside and enjoy a sneak preview of Sherlock Junior, a classic comedy featuring Buster Keaton, which was later screened in full at Town Hall in partnership with Flatpack.

This collaboration represents one of many ways in which THSH works with other arts organisations, on a regional, national and international scale. Just last week, for example, Town Hall played host to theatrical art pop musicians The Irrepressibles in association with performance arts festival, Fierce.

To find out more about how Birmingham?s arts community are working together, take a look at this article by Town Hall General Manager Simon Wales.