A preview of the community cinema’s next features for 2016
After a storming 2015 in the Stalybridge Town Cinema, details of the coming year’s programme have been revealed.
So far, the Town Cinema has announced the presentation of three films. Its 2016 showings will take place on the fourth Tuesday of each month. The films are as follows:
- Mamma Mia! (2008, PG): 19 January 2016;
- The Jersey Boys (2014, 15): 23 February 2016;
- Yanks (1979, 15): 22 March 2016.
As usual, doors will be open at Judge’s Bar from 7pm for a 7.30pm starting time.
The first two films have a musical theme, with the first one being a UK box office smash. The second one was directed by Clint Eastwood and based on Frankie Valli and The Seasons. As for March’s presentation of Yanks, well a certain little Cheshire town or three appears in John Schlesinger’s film.
In 2008, Mamma Mia! provided some much needed escapism for UK audiences from the ‘joys’ of the global financial downturn. So much so it became a UK box office smash and the highest grossing film of that year. With an all star cast (co-starring Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan), it is based on the popular jukebox musical featuring the songs of ABBA.
In the film, we see a lonely woman find love on a Greek island. As if by magic, she finds her beau (played by Pierce Brosnan) from a yacht. They get besotted with one another and get hitched. Key to the film’s success was its cornucopia of ABBA tunes. Don’t blame us when you leave Judge’s Bar with Dancing Queen ringing in your ears!
The Jersey Boys
Continuing the musical theme, Clint Eastwood’s no-bars-held approach to film making documents the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Starring John Lloyd Young, Vincent Piazza and Christopher Walken, the story starts in 1951 when Tommy DeVito and his friend Nick Massi forms The Variety Trio.
The film covers Frankie Castelluccio’s (Frankie Valli to you!) arrival to run-ins with the Mafia, the group’s commercial success, and their induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Did we tell you about the songs? Oh, we didn’t. Being based on the popular Broadway jukebox musical with the same name, this will mean nailed-on classics like Rag Doll, Walk Like a Man, Sherry and (Summer of ’63) Oh What A Night!.
As The Jersey Boys film didn’t have a UK cinematic release in 2014, this is a rare chance to see this film. Book early to avoid disappointment.
For March’s film, one of its locations is a mere 10 yards away from Stalybridge Town Cinema. Yanks tells the story of British women finding love with American GIs in the Second World War. In the film, we see Helen (played by Vanessa Redgrave) getting all amorous with Army Captain John (William Devane). Another relationship develops between Matt Dyson (Richard Gere) and Jean Morton (Lisa Eichorn).
Though the arrival of American soldiers to a British camp is met with some rancour among the locals, their presence offers some respite from hostilities. Also a sense of colour, testament to John Schlesinger’s direction and the late Colin Welland’s scriptwriting.
Furthermore, most of the film is set in the Tameside and Saddleworth areas, hence the Yanks related events each second weekend in August. The war memorial in Stalybridge is seen in the opening titles of the film, and the closing scenes where the GIs return home. Their farewell convoy shows the soldiers negotiating the streets of Dobcross and Uppermill as well as Trinity Street, Stalybridge.
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We eagerly await their next three films. As always, the Stalybridge Town Cinema is open to ideas for future presentations. As usual, expect to see slightly more detailed previews of each film nearer its presentation dates.
For 2016, tickets will be priced at £5.00 for all classes. Licensing costs for each film have prompted the price rise from £4.00 to £5.00.
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.
Please note that films and public transport details may be subject to change between now and the 22 March 2016. Any changes will be stated nearer the time.
S.V., 27 November 2015.