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Full House at Electric Picture House
Volunteers running the recently refurbished Electric Picture House in Wotton-under-Edge have been delighted by several full houses in recent weeks.

Last week's film Mrs Henderson Presents, the story of London's Windmill Theatre starring Judi Dench, proved the most popular to date. The hundred seat digital cinema was filled to capacity even for the Thursday matinée, which is unprecedented and meant twenty people had to be turned away. It topped the previous best sellers Wallace and Gromit and Pride and Prejudice.

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"Turning people away is one of the most difficult jobs our volunteers have to do," says Alex Alliston-Greiner, chairman of the community co-operative which runs the cinema. "It is wonderful to see such a great turnout for the well-known films. But we are also keen to make people aware that all the films we show are worth seeing; we have a dedicated team of people who spend a great deal of time researching which are the best films."

"It is a shame to miss a really good film - Crash is a classic example," continues Alex, "When we showed it in January only nineteen people turned up: Yet it was a fantastic film, witnessed by the fact that it was awarded Best Film at the recent Oscars." The good news is that Crash will be back by popular demand in April.

"Our film program is researched by the Film Society Committee," adds Julie Rowe, the Electric Picture House webmaster and one of the film selectors. "They are an enthusiastic bunch of volunteers, who spend a great deal of time watching and researching films, checking the storyline and finding appropriate reviews. In addition to our web site, we send regular e-mails to an increasing number of people – we’ve called it Buzz Electric - letting them know what films will be on, together with synopses and film reviews.

"Buzz Electric is a way of keeping people informed and up to date," continues Julie, "but really we want folk to know that all our films are worth seeing. We realize it’s largely a matter of personal choice, and we deliberately aim to have something for everyone throughout the month."

"We already have a loyal band of regulars, particularly for the Thursday Matinées and the Cinemaniacs Film Society offerings on Sunday evenings. I honestly believe we will soon be filling every seat for every performance," says Julie. "It's just a matter of time, and reassuring everyone that we have great films, carefully chosen. It’s a shame to miss any of them. Come along and see it, you might like it!"

If you would like to receive the Buzz Electric e-mail on a regular basis simply send an e-mail to

Press Release Issued by Wotton Electric Picture House Ltd

MEDIA CONTACTS: Alex Alliston-Greiner 01453 842849 or Janet Walshe 01453 843060.

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