Film theatre’s popular return

IPSWICH Film Theatre is back in business after it reopened last night with a showing of the Bafta-winning movie A Single Man.

The theatre in the Corn Exchange has been reopened by the Ipswich Film Theatre Trust (IFTT) and will be showing films every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening at 7.30pm.

Andrew Clarke, from the IFTT, was delighted at the response from the public to the reopening.

He said: “We are completely overwhelmed by the level of support we have received.

“Both cinemas are bursting at the seams and word of mouth seems to suggest that we are going to be equally busy Friday night and Saturday.

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“The film theatre is interested in screening a wide variety of films – and that doesn’t mean obscure titles either. Next week we have Glorious 39 – a thriller set on the outbreak of the Second World War starring Bill Nighy, Julie Christie, David Tennant, Christopher Lee and Atonement star Romola Garai.

“It’s not only audiences who are supporting us. We have terrific volunteers acting as ushers, design professional Chris Plowman has given us a fantastic website [] and a monthly brochure so everyone can plan their viewing schedule.

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“It’s all about making the film theatre part of the community, part of everyone’s film-going experience. It’s about offering audience choice.”

The Trust, a non-profit organisation, has taken over the running of the cinema after the Hollywood cinema chain pulled out in October last year.

Mr Clarke said that the trust was anxious to form links with community groups and with the Suffolk New College and university.

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