Title ID 4859Collection ID654
TitleThe Meeting Place
Date2002, August Bank Holiday
Genre/TypeProfessionalFilm/Video companyNon-fiction
KeywordsBeaches Piers Piers [West Pier, Brighton] Leisure Time Activities Seaside Resorts
RegionalBrighton & Hove East Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionBig Bamboo (copyright)
DirectorRichard Harris
ProducerRichard Harris - BIGBAMBOO
Music(Nostalgic) 1930s dance hits
ParticipantsInterviews with staff and customers of the Meeting Place beach café
FormatColour Sound
Duration21min 31sec
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Local documentary about a beach-side cafe called The Meeting Place with interviews with owners and regular customers, actuality and some graphic stills. Contains archive footage from SASE collection in the opening sequence and a soundtrack of 1930s music.


Straddling the Brighton/Hove border, just a stone’s throw from the crumbling West Pier, the famous Meeting Place beach café is an institution as popular with locals as the Palace Pier is with visitors. But, after 80 years of trading, it has recently been demolished and replaced with a new structure.

Filmed during a hot August Bank Holiday, this affectionate and amusing film tells the story of a much-loved part of Brighton's seaside history before it’s memory disappears. It includes interviews with the staff and some of the more eccentric customers plus rare archive footage.