Its that time of year again, the return of Flatpack an annual advent in Birmingham, lot’s of things going on, some free, some ticketed. Look at the website.
So off we went on Tuesday evening to see Segundo – De – Chomon a night of old (1900’s) silent films. The night started with short films of famous people who had stayed or visited the Grand. Then the films by Segundo who started out in Barcelona and then in 1905 based himself at Pathe in Paris. Segundo happily roaming across genres from Gothic horror and trick-film to slapstick and travelogue, and the selection of films that were shown gave a good representation of all of these I loved electric hotel. Stephen Horne accompanied the films playing a variety of instruments.
These old films always amaze me, the stunts, stencil colour and magic acts are fantastic.
The films were shown in The Grand Hotel which is a grade 11 listed building The building, by Thomson Plevins, is principally of French Renaissance style, which as been closed since 2002 due to the risk of crumbling stonework and has been under scaffolding and protective plastic since then. It is due to be renovated so this was a good opportunity to take a last look at the Grovenor Room before works starts as well as see some brilliant films.