Excellent turnout for début feature
A packed house at Judge’s Bar saw the return of cinematic entertainment to Stalybridge, after a 12 year hiatus. Given the venue’s association with Stalybridge Old Band, its fitting début film was well received.
Almost all of its 50 seats were taken with the audience witnessing a new era for Stalybridge’s film goers. It is hoped the Stalybridge Town Cinema would lead to the return of a full time cinema in the centre. With an electric atmosphere, the signs were encouraging.
As well as its main feature there was an interval with affordably priced popcorn and ice cream. Before the start of the film and at the end of the interval, there was local advertisements featuring the town’s small businesses.
The cinema’s presentation of Brassed Off was made possible by excellent support from local businesses, churches and filmgoers. Extra chairs came from the Holy Trinity and Christ Church on Trinity Street. The popcorn from 5 A Day’s machine, a short distance away on Melbourne Street. Furthermore, the all-important tubs of ice cream came from Stalybridge’s finest purveyor of frozen dairy products: Faircloughs.
Its first night was also attended by local press with photography from the Tameside Reporter and the Manchester Evening News. Technically there was no hitches apart from one of the fan blades casting a shadow onto the big screen.
Next month’s film: The Full Monty
Bookings are now being taken for next month’s showing of The Full Monty. Tickets are available for purchase from The Music Corner (17, Melbourne Street), E. Taylor and Son (27, Melbourne Street) and Kitchen Door Specialist (22, Trinity Street).
Next up at the Stalybridge Town Cinema (all showings at 7.30 p.m unless stated otherwise):
- 25 August 2015: The Full Monty (1997, 15);
- September: Rita, Sue and Bob Too (1987, 18);
- October: Little Voice (1998, 15);
- November: Shirley Valentine (1989, PG);
- December: Mamma Mia! (2008, PG).
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., 22 July 2015.