Cinema’s new focus

SUFFOLK’S oldest cinema is stepping in to the 21st century and embracing the latest digital technology.

Leiston Film Theatre is all set for a move to the third dimension following a cash injection from the town council and its supporters.

It means the latest 3D technology will soon be on its way – much to the delight of management and customers.

At its April meeting Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council, which owns and operates the theatre, agreed to provide the venue with a financial boost.

It has saved up �15,000 over a number of years for a replacement projector, while a further �10,000 was set aside in this year’s precept.

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Councillor Bing Boast said: “I have always said to stand still is to go backwards. I fully support this proposal.”

Members of Leiston Film Theatre Support Club also turned out in force at the meeting and have agreed to fund nearly �50,000 of the project.

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The theatre hopes to have everything installed by July to coincide with the busy summer season, which will include major 3D titles such as Toy Story 3 and the final Harry Potter films.

Manager Wayne Burns is looking forward to introducing the new experience to the town.

He said: “We are absolutely thrilled, not only for the venue but for our customers who will no longer have to trek to Ipswich to see films in 3D.”

Tony Cooper, town council chairman, added: “The town council saved the local cinema in 1976 and since then has strived to develop this unique asset for all those who enjoy visiting it, for both films and live shows.

“We are fortunate in having two very knowledgeable members of staff in Wayne Burns and Hannah Everett, whose aims are to take our film theatre into a new era.”

This latest step is the culmination of 10 years’ hard work by the town council, support club and film theatre staff who have also overseen the introduction of brand new digital sound equipment, a full refurbishment, new signage and expansion of a brand new foyer.

Mr Burns said “After all this it is now time for our customers to come along and enjoy the cinema experience we have created for them.”

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