‘Use it or lose it’ warning over film screenings

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Brighouse Cinema at the Civic Hall will screen its first film of 2014 next Thursday, January 30 - and movie fans are being urged to turn out and support it if they want film screenings to continue in the town.

The film being shown at 7.30pm is ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’, a British comedy about a group of pensioners who retire to a run-down hotel in India with hilarious consequences.

It stars Dame Judy Dench, Bill Nighy and Dame Maggie Smith. The monthly cinema at the Civic is run by volunteers from Brighouse Business Initiative to encourage community involvement but it needs public support to keep it going.

John Buxton, one of the organisers said: “It’s great to see people coming out of the cinema with a smile on their faces after an enjoyable evening. On a number of occasions we have received a round of applause at the end of the film, which doesn’t happen at the multiplex cinemas. However, we do need people to support our efforts by buying tickets. We have no external funding, everything is run by volunteers and the costs have to be covered by box office takings.

“We would love to continue with a great programme of films for the rest of the year but it all depends on the support of the public. It really is a case of use it or lose it.”

Meal deals, which offer a reduced price meal combined with the cinema ticket, are offered by Blakeleys fish and chip shop, Brooks Restaurant, Blakeleys coffee shop and Prego’s. Tickets can be bought in advance (essential for the meal deals) from Harrison Lord, Simply Flowers and Ryecorn Wholefoods. Cinema only tickets will be on the door from 7pm.