New Stalybridge Cinema Set to Be a Reel Success

First film showing sold out

Stalybridge Town Cinema, situated in Judge’s Bar on Corporation Street is only days away from showing its first film.

Appropriately its first film is Brassed Off (dir. Mark Herman, 1995), the story of Grimley Colliery Band. Based on the story of Grimethorpe Colliery Band and its residents, it is a film of many viewpoints besides the band’s success in the National Finals. It is the story of the village’s pit closing; the stories of families torn apart by its closure and still suffering from the 1984 – 85 Miners’ Strike. Also the band’s threatened demise owing to Grimley Colliery’s impending closure.

Tuesday’s first showing is set to be an immediate success. It was announced today that all tickets have been sold out. In advance of Tuesday’s presentation, the St. Paul’s Brass Group have recorded music for its first advertisement trail.

Next month’s film

Announced on the Stalybridge Town website is details of next month’s presentation. The 25 August 2015 will see the exhibition of The Full Monty. Again with a 7.30pm start and – thankfully – no clash with any of Stalybridge Celtic’s midweek fixtures.

Set in Sheffield, Simon Beaufoy’s 1997 film featuring unemployed steelworkers (headed by Gaz, played by Robert Carlyle) sees the lads become strippers. As well as their bid to become Sheffield’s equivalent to The Chippendales, they try to juggle this with extra pressures from family and their poverty. It is an uplifting film where the issues of starting out could strike a chord with Stalybridge’s small business community.

Continuing the brass banding and working class themes, there is a cameo appearance from Stocksbridge Band who are seen playing Slaidburn near the start of the film.

But Wait… There’s More!

Two more films have been pencilled in for exhibition in subsequent months. One is Little Voice (dir. Mark Herman, 1998) based on the theatrical production The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. The other is Andrea Dunbar’s 1988 film, the gritty yet raunchy Rita, Sue and Bob Too, set on the outskirts of Bradford.

As you expect, East of the M60 will be plugging the forthcoming productions. Tickets are priced £4.00 for all classes. We hope subsequent presentations mirror the possible success of Brassed Off this coming Tuesday.

Stalybridge Town Cinema:
8 Corporation Street, Stalybridge, Cheshire, SK15 2BN.

  • Ticket Sales: available via http://www.stalybridgetown.com, on the night at the door, or from local shops;
  • Buses: most services stop at Armentieres Square nearby. 408 service terminates at bus station (5 – 7 minutes walk along Market Street, Melbourne Street and Corporation Street). No journeys on the 236, 387, 353 and 354 services after 1900 hours;
  • Trains: Stalybridge railway station is 10 – 12 minutes walk (Market Street, Melbourne Street and Corporation Street);
  • Taxis: Swift Radio Cars is the nearest taxi office to Judge’s Bar.

S.V., 17 July 2015.

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