Celebrating its first birthday this month is the innovative “All Saints Community Cinema” which has now been holding regular monthly feature-film shows for a year.
The Community Cinema was set up at All Saints Lesser Hall in the Spring of last year when the abrupt closure of the brand-new digital cinema in the Pier Pavilion was announced – leaving Penarth without any kind of cinema in the town.
All Saints organiser Jane McLaughlin says “after going to several of the meetings [about the closure of the Pier Pavilion Cinema] in local pubs, we – at All Saints Penarth – decided to set up a community cinema”.
The first screening – held last September – was the original classic version of “The Italian Job” starring Michael Caine which attracted an audience of 50.
Since that premiere – 12 months ago – the All Saints Community Cinema has gone from strength-to-strength, attracting a regular audience of approximately 100 people.
Jane says “We offer a warm welcome, friendships have been made over the year, and our films sell out almost as soon as they are announced. We have shown films from “Murder on the Orient Express” to “Victoria and Abdul”.
The success of the enterprise has enabled the All Saints Cinema to get up-to-date films, long before other outlets – including its latest screening, the 2018 release “The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society” starring Lily James and Tom Courtenay which is set in the Channel Islands under Nazi occupation in 1941.
To mark a year of successful operations, the Social Group at All Saints Church served up a slice of special First-Birthday cake to everyone in the audience .
As far as “Forthcoming Attractions ” are concerned the next movie coming to All Saints will be “Edie” , starring Sheila Hancock which so many people want to see there’s now a waiting list for seat reservations.
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