An entirely new Cinema Club is set to be launched in Penarth this month by the All Saints Social Group.
The All Saints Cinema Club is being set up in the wake of the demise of the publicly-funded purpose-built Penarth Pier Pavilion Cinema which was controversially closed down in March this year by leaseholders Penarth Arts and Crafts Ltd.
Behind the newly-formed Cinema Club is prominent Penarth businesswoman Jane McLaughlin – the former owner of JM Textiles which was the retail supplier of school uniforms for hundreds of schools throughout Wales.
Jane sold the uniforms business in 2007 but “like everyone else” she says she’s upset about closure of Pier Pavilion Cinema and had attended meetings to see if the council could be “forced to reopen it” .
Now, “fed up with waiting”, she – and the All Saints Social Group – have gone ahead and established an entirely new Cinema Club for the town which will be showing its very first movie – the original version of the “The Italian Job” starring Michael Caine – on Thursday 28th September at a “pop-up cinema” set up in All Saints Lesser Hall.
The Club – which anyone can join – plans to show what it calls “iconic films” once a month – along with food and wine to accompany the show . ….There’ll be a slice of pizza and a glass of red wine included in the ticket price of £7.50p . A well known local independent pop-up film company will be handling the professional technicalities to make sure everthing will be “alright on the night”.
Jane says there’ll be a warm welcome for all film lovers, plus “plenty of cushions” on the seats to keep patrons comfortable, wine glasses can be topped up at the bar and there will also be even “cosy rugs for you to snuggle up into while watching the film” .
Michael Caine once said he originally made “The Italian Job” because it was just the sort of film that he himself liked to go to a cinema to watch. Those attending the first night of the new Penarth All Saints Cinema Club will be invited to submit their own ideas for movies they’d particularly like to see. Jane has also been asked about the possibility of showing children’s films during school holidays.
Tickets for the event can be bought from ticketsource.co.uk.