Cinema Ruskin plays the Sim card for its opening night

The revival of interest in mid-20th century British cultural icons – yesterday was the centenary of the birth of Benjamin Britten, who was celebrated recently at the Fairfield Halls – continues tonight with the first screening at Cinema Ruskin featuring one of the most acclaimed films of Alastair Sim.

An Inspector CallsThe Nelson Mandela Lounge at Ruskin House on Coombe Road will be transformed into a small theatre for the evening with, starting at 7.30pm prompt, a programme that includes Steamboat Willie (1928, black and white Walt Disney animation which is considered to be the very first Mickey Mouse film) and Colorado Sunset (1939 western featuring a singing cowboy and starring Gene Autry) before the intermission when free popcorn or a visit to the club bar is available.

After the break, Sim – best remembered for his roles in the original St Trinians series of films, but with an outstanding and long-lasting movie career – stars in the acclaimed 1954 screen adaptation of JB Priestly’s An Inspector Calls, directed by Guy Hamilton.

All, including children, are welcome to attend the show, where entry is just £2, which includes the price of a raffle ticket. Finish 10.30pm

The next Cinema Ruskin film show will take place on Saturday December 21, the programme to be announced.

Ruskin House is at 23 Coombe Road, CR0 1BD. East Croydon and South Croydon stations are 10 minutes walk away as are the main tram stops. Ruskin House is at the walled, red brick building at the junction of Coombe Road and Park Lane.

Buses: 60, 64, 130, 166, 194,312, 403, 405, 407, 409, 412, 466, 468.

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