Bletchley Park


MUSEUM OF CINEMA TECHNOLOGY, BLETCHLEY PARK, BLETCHLEY, NR MILTON KEYNES

 

Inside the Enigma Cinema

Inside the Enigma Cinema

In 1994 the PPT was invited to become one of the many independent exhibitions at the famous Bletchley Park and this was enthusiastically accepted since this would be our very first location where we would have room to fully exhibit a vast proportion of our equipment. We moved into Faulkner House. The Park was open alternate weekends for the public to visit together with special weekends as and when appropriate. In late 2001 we were asked to move to ‘A’ Block, into the old Fire Station. We were not in the listed part of the Park.

Whilst the rooms were not quite as large as Faulkner House, we were able to display our equipment in a sequence, from narrow gauge room into the projection and display room and then into the cinema and display area. The cinema seats 42 people + one wheelchair space, with some standing room and shows are put on at regular intervals throughout the open days.

With the help of our very experienced technical volunteers and one or two of the commercial film projector, sound and screen companies,

The Small Gauge Room

The Small Gauge Room

we are able to show narrow gauge, through 16mm, 35mm and 70mm film with full Dolby sound. On April 20th, 2002 Sir Sydney Samuelson CBE, Hon. FBKS President of The Projected Picture Trust, officially opened the new cinema and named it the ENIGMA CINEMA.

The Curator of the Museum is Ken Draper and he is regularly supported by members who not only carry out renovation work, but also attend the open days to show the public around. Ken also looks after the educational visits to the museum which are generally midweek. Ken also deals with special shows in conjunction with the Bletchley Park Trust together with any shoots for film or television. He is also responsible within the Executive Committee of the Trust for acquisitions and this means making hard decisions on what is accepted and collected or turned down.

We anticipate having a very important part to play in the future of the Bletchley Park overall development, for which funding is actively being pursued by the Bletchely Park Trust.
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