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Unit 3: Cinema
 
Read  2: Cinemas in London
 
National Film Theatre
 
 
If you want to go out to the cinema in London you will be spoilt for choice. From cutting edge art-house movies to Hollywood blockbusters, there is something to suit everybody's taste, and wallet.
 
Instructions for exercise
 
Click on the link below to open the exercise document in a new window. You will need to keep refering to this document to answer the questions below, so it would be useful to print it out.
 
 Read the exercise document
 
Answer the questions
 
1.  What would be the best title for the article?

A guide to London cinema
Hollywood versus art-house
Hollywood comes to London

 

2.  Why is it a problem to see a film in London?

There are not enough cinemas
There is too much choice
It is too expensive

 

3.  Why do Hollywood stars go to Leicester Square?

To see an opening night of their film
To go shopping
Because they want to see a film

 

4.  Which adjective, used to describe films, is the 'odd-one-out'?

mainstream
blockbuster
art-house

 

5.  Which cinema has been around the longest?

The Prince Charles
The Curzon
The NFT

 

6.  Why is the NFT so popular?

It shows up-to-date, modern films
It shows a range of films from cinema history
It is good value for money

 

 
Language tips - vocabulary
 
cinema - the place where you see a film
blockbuster - a big (often Hollywood) movie, which makes a lot of money
art-house or arty - by independent or smaller film makers (often foreign language)
mainstream - a film made for a big audience
premiere - opening night - the first night a film is shown to the public
director - the man who shouts 'Action!'
film festival - lots of new films are shown for a week or two, prizes are given
film maker - someone who makes films
silent classic - an old film with no sound that everyone knows
film star - famous film actor

 
 
  Units
 
 
Unit 1: Transport
 
  Unit 2: Hotel
 
  Unit 3: Cinema
 
 
 
Listen 1: Suggesting a night out in London
 
 
 
Listen 2: Deciding what film to see
 
 
 
Listen 3: Talking about the film
 
 
 
Read 1: Reading film reviews
 
 
 
Read 2: Cinemas in London
 
 
 
Speak 1: Using stress to help describe a film
 
 
 
Unit 4: Shopping
 
Unit 5: Work
 
Unit 6: Eating Out
 
  Useful links
 
 
BBC London film finder