Film lovers in Bury St Edmunds will be able to see the latest Disney release free of charge after a man's plans to hire out a cinema for those struggling with money came to fruition.

Thomas Howard, 27, came up with the idea to hire the screen after a trip to the cinema with his family reignited his love of film. 

Wanting to help families who may be struggling with the cost of living, or those who may feel uncomfortable in more busy cinemas, he offered the free tickets on social media and the 40 seats were quickly filled.

East Anglian Daily Times: Thomas Howard (left) with his partner DanielThomas Howard (left) with his partner Daniel (Image: Thomas Howard)

"I went to the cinema with my family recently - I hadn't been for a long time as I get sensory overload and things like that, so I was a bit apprehensive but I had a great time," he said.

"I really enjoyed it and it sparked my love for film again. I thought it is a shame that other people can't experience the same thing." 

Thomas has arranged a screening of Disney's new film Elemental at Cineworld in Parkway, Bury St Edmunds, on Thursday, July 20 at 4pm, allowing for children to see the film after school.

East Anglian Daily Times: Cineworld in Bury St EdmundsCineworld in Bury St Edmunds (Image: Google maps)

The screening is now full, and several people who missed out have been placed on a waiting list for seats. 

Thomas said: "I've lived in Bury St Edmunds for a few years now and last year I tried to get more involved in the community in some shape or form.

"If this is a big success then other people have got in touch with me and volunteered their help, so I plan to stay in contact with them and to run another event in the future.

"I am excited to meet more people through the event, particularly ones with an interest in film."