A stroll down Flicker Alley – photos

Cecil Court, AKA Flicker Alley
Cecil Court, AKA Flicker Alley

Cecil Court is a tiny turning off Charing Cross Road in the West End of London. Nowadays it is packed with bookshops, boutiques and ‘psychic advisers’, but back in the beginning of the 20th century it was “the heart of what was new in the British film industry, attracting young companies who clustered together to learn from one another” (Simon Brown, Film Studies, 2007). Following last year’s summer film festival, these ‘blue plaques’ have been posted in the shop windows of Cecil Court, as a reminder of the time when it was known as ‘Flicker Alley’. Read more here.

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3 thoughts on “A stroll down Flicker Alley – photos”

  1. Thank you ‘Silent London’! Our vinyl plaques were put up for the first of our annual Flicker Alley Festivals (July 2010) and we no longer have a full complement. However, we are currently negotiating with Westminster Council to commemorate the era with a permanent plaque. Every year we turn one of our shops (Tenderpixel art gallery at number 10, thanks to the energy and generosity of gallery owner Etan Ilfeld) into a temporary cinema and screen surviving films which could have been bought or hired in Cecil Court a century ago. For example, in 2010 we screened the first film adaptation of ‘Alice in Wonderland’, recently restored by the BFI and originally released by Cecil Hepworth from 17 Cecil Court in 1903. Make sure you make the next one! Tim Bryars (8 Cecil Court … erstwhile home of film-trade periodical ‘The Bioscope’).

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