Hundreds of people have enjoyed a trip to the movies in Pateley Bridge after a community cinema project exceeded all expectations.
More than 600 tickets have been sold to Cinema in the Dale screenings at Pateley Bridge Memorial Hall since it began inSeptember last year.
The screenings are run by the Memorial Hall committee, and their popularity has gone way beyond their expectations. Chairman of the committee Chris Henderson said:
“If the audience had been even half what it has been we would have been happy.”
Of the six films that have been to Pateley Bridge so far four - Skyfall, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and War Horse - have sold out or come very close.
Chris added: “We don’t really need the subsidy because tickets are selling so well.”
The films come to Pateley Bridge through a scheme run by Cine Yorkshire, and with the trial period coming to and end Chris said committee is planning to continue after a summer break.
Now they are planning for the next series of screenings, and have asked movie-goers what they would like to see by giving out a questionnaire and asking for requests.
“The demand is for the newest film,” Chris said.
“The first films had to be booked quite far in advance so we have had more of a variety.”
And as well as bringing the latest Hollywood films to the dale, the screenings are giving the community a new social event.
“We have a break in the middle of the films so it’s become more of a social event.
“The nice thing is people really enjoy it,” Chris said
The ticket sales are also boosting the Memorial Hall’s funds.
All proceeds from the screenings go to the hall, and have helped pay for work including a recent £4000 project to improve the hall’s floor.
“We desperately need funds to support the Memorial Hall, and these cinema events are really helping the budget,” Chris said.
The committee are always looking for volunteers to help run and maintain the hall. For more information contact the Secretary Christine Skaife on 01423 712691.
The next film shown will be Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy on Saturday, March 16.