Cinema initiative hailed a success

Les Mis was shown at Pateley Bridge's Cinema in the Dale (S)
Les Mis was shown at Pateley Bridge's Cinema in the Dale (S)

An initiative to revive Pateley Bridge’s cinema has been hailed a great success.

The town’s cinema closed in the 1960s but was revived a year ago by dedicated residents, who hosted entertainments in the memorial hall.

Chairman of the hall committee Chris Henderson, with the help of Cine Yorkshire, organised monthly movies which have proven very popular with an average attendance of 120.

Nine films have been shown over the winter and spring period, with four of them selling out.

And Saturday night’s final showing of Les Miserables had people queuing out the door.

“This initiative has been outstandingly successful,” said coordinator Brian Hicks, extending his thanks to Samina Khan of Pateley Bridge Pharmacy for selling tickets.

“The memorial hall committee has worked very hard over many years to continually improve and update the hall facilities.

“At last they and their spouses have a real triumph on their hands which will and should give them great satisfaction.”