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Wotton's Cinema to Open on November 12th!
Wotton's historic cinema is to reopen next week (12 November) after a three-year £150,000 fund-raising campaign.

The cinema, now renamed the Electric Picture House, has been entirely refurbished and modernised.

Wotton Electic Picture House

Announcing the official opening on Saturday 12 November, campaigner Jeff Walshe said: "We're really excited that we can now re-open the cinema – and I am sure that local people will be very impressed with all the improvements. It really is a totally different cinema from what it was when it closed in late 2002."

The opening takes place at 11.15am for an audience of invited guests. From noon, the cinema will be open for the general public to have a look around, before the first film is shown at 2.45pm.

The programme for the first fortnight includes recent blockbusters such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Batman Begins, as well as films for the connoisseur, like On the Waterfront and Mona Lisa Smile. For at least the first three months, the cinema will be open from Thursday to Sunday, with a total of seven shows each week.

As well as evening shows at 7.45pm, there will be matinees on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays: the Thursday and Sunday matinees will be specially subsidised showings for pensioners and families respectively.

Details of the programme will be published weekly in The Gazette, and on the cinema’s re-launched website, www.wottoneph.co.uk, as well as in fortnightly flyers that will be distributed by a network of volunteers in local towns and villages. By dialling 0870 774 1935, callers can hear recorded programme details. Visitors to the website can also sign up for weekly programme emails.

The cinema will be run by a co-operative and will be a non-profit-making community venture. Jeff, who first called a public meeting to launch the campaign three years ago, said: "It's been a long battle to raise the funds, but what has kept us going has been the tremendous support for the cinema that local people have shown. I would really like to pay tribute to the hard work put in my many local people in both practical and financial terms."

The cinema in Market Street now includes:

  • New digital projection and sound equipment
  • New seats
  • New screen
  • Air conditioning and fresh air circulation systems
  • New toilets
  • Full disabled access.

The cinema will initially be run with high-specification DVD and Super-VHS projection. This means that the latest films will be available in Wotton just a few weeks after they have been shown at the large multiplex cinemas. However, it is expected that within the next year, an ultra-high resolution digital projector will be acquired by the Electric Picture House, as Hollywood switches over from 35mm to digital projection for all cinemas.

Coincidentally, the Electric Picture House is scheduled to re-open on the same weekend as the large, new cinema in nearby Stroud. "I am delighted to be able to play our part in bringing the cinema experience to more and more people in Gloucestershire," says Jeff. "We're convinced that there is room both for the big multiplexes and for smaller cinemas like our own, which offer a friendly, local service and are run for the community."

Press Release Issued by Wotton Electric Picture House Ltd

MEDIA CONTACT: Jeff Walsher on 01453 843060



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