Introduction - Windsor Cinema
John Stammers is a poet with a fascination for the way in which the contemporary mythologies of film culture become interwoven with our everyday lives. He is also a fan of English seaside towns. Hardly surprising, therefore, that he selected the Windsor Cinema, Broadstairs, as the focus for his residency.
Built in 1911, with knapped flint exterior, located on a narrow road between the seafront and the upper part of town, the building has been historically identified as a boat store, a chapel and a museum of armour, but its original function is obscure. Now it serves as a tiny independent cinema accommodating 100 seats in the stalls plus a small circle, screening both mainstream and arthouse films.
John's work was displayed outside the cinema on Thanet Film Society's poster board during Architecture Week.