Chapter Arts Centre
Market Road, Canton,
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A redundant school building situated about 100yards from the former Canton Cinema (closed 1960) was provided as the site for an ambitious project to create an Arts Centre with workshops, exhibition spaces, theatre and cinema. It began operations in 1971.
A row of classrooms was fitted out with curtains, screen and some old cinema seats. At first projection was by 16mm Bell & Howell and a regular audience was soon obtained.
Improved seating was installed and to become a full public cinema a set of Gaumont-Kalee equipment was acquired and restored to use. The Kalee arcs were subsequently replaced and the audience benefitted from seats bought from the closed Capitol Cinema.
By 1987 funding was obtained to build a completely new cinema;Chapter One, seating 194, with a screen approx 24' wide and Cinemeccanica projectors subsequently upgraded from Dolby Stereo to Dolby Digital. Digital Projection may be installed soon.
The original cinema was closed and the space re-used. However, a second cinema had been created by a private society and became part of Chapter, as Chapter Two, seating 68 with more basic seating and equipment and catering for a minority audience.
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