The Phoenix Theatre, Blyth is over the moon with the response it has had to the newly launched Sunday Cinema. The once-a-month movie pilot has been showcasing three current Hollywood films for audiences young and old. The success has been reflected in the number of cinema goers who’ve enjoyed the viewings – nearly 700 people have watched the films and sampled the hot dogs and ice cream.
The pilot has proved so popular that The Phoenix Theatre, Blyth has decided to extend the trial into July 2015.
The Sunday Cinema is Blyth’s first picture house since the doors to The Wallaw closed over 10-years ago.
The Phoenix Theatre, Blyth is supported by Northumberland County Council.
Here’s a taster of the forthcoming attractions over the coming months:
22 March: Disney’s Big Hero 6 (U / 2pm); The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (12A / 4pm); 50 Shades of Grey (18 / 7pm)
26 April: Dreamworks’ Home (U / 2pm); Cinderella (PG / 4pm); Kingsmen: The Secret Service (15 /7pm)
24 May: The SpongeBob Movie – Sponge out of Water (PG / 2pm); Avengers: Age of Ultron (12A /4pm); Far from the Madding Crowd (7pm)
David Garrett, Executive Director of The Phoenix Theatre, Blyth said: “We are delighted with the way the people of Blyth and the surrounding regions have embraced the Sunday Cinema. The idea has always been to provide something fun that audiences will enjoy and come back to time and time again. This is mirrored in the continued return of cinema users and the fabulous feedback that we’ve received so far. It’s also seen as a welcomed alternative for individuals and families who can’t make it to the out-of-town multiplexes.”
David added: “A community theatre has to be just that – putting on a programme of shows and events for the whole community; and the variety and depth in the film titles on offer is proving a real hit!”
The Sunday Cinema is part of The Phoenix Theatre, Blyth’s 50th anniversary celebrations of entertaining the people of Northumberland and North East England.
Councillor Val Tyler, policy board member for community infrastructure and culture at Northumberland County Council said: “The Sunday Cinema is a wonderful idea that offers the people of Northumberland and further afield a taste of the arts and culture; for some it offers them their first ever visit to the cinema. It provides a fresh and valuable facility for people looking to broaden their cultural horizons and for Blyth to have a cinema again after all of these years is great!”
For people looking to buy tickets for the Sunday Cinema they can be purchased by calling the Theatre’s box office number 01670 367 228, online via www.thephoenixtheatre.org.uk or in person the box office is open Monday-Friday 10am-12.30pm or on Saturday 10am-2pm.
The tickets are competitively priced at £7 (adults) and £5.
Tickets can also be bought on the day of the showings but people are advised to buy in advance to avoid disappointment.
“If you support your local community theatre, we will support you!”