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Plaza Pam, a genuine trailblazer

Pam Engels, who has died at 82, set up Artificial Eye, which ran the Plaza arthouse cinema in Camden High Street

20 July, 2017 — By John Gulliver

Pam Engels with film director Jean-Luc Godard in the 1980s

THE changing face of Camden Town – it comes into vision, sadly, this week with the death of a familiar figure of the 1970s, the wonderful Pam Engels.

I shall always associate her with the Plaza arthouse cinema in Camden High Street, which stood opposite the tube station. It was part of a complex including a large Co-op department store, all replaced by a gym, several shops, takeaways and Barclays bank.

It had been a typical cinema showing all the releases – popular for its Saturday morning shows for children who, sometimes, gave the ushers hell.

Pam, who died at 82, set up Artificial Eye, which ran the Plaza and brought us the best of European and world cinema.

Then she set up the New Waves cinema with her second husband Robert Beeson. Rightly so, she is considered a true trailblazer.

Her work will live on through the generation of film buffs her work has created.

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