Silver screen on its way back to Oakham

Photo:  MSMP240812-005ow'Rutland County Museum, Oakham. File picture. ENGEMN00120120824184022

Photo: MSMP240812-005ow'Rutland County Museum, Oakham. File picture. ENGEMN00120120824184022

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Following a “fantastic, really vibrant and constructive meeting” with more than 20 people offering help, dates have been set for the return of cinema nights in Oakham.

Arts for Rutland is working alongside Rutland County Museum, with the help of volunteers and members from Catmose Film Club, to relaunch film screenings on the first Thursday of every month.

Joy Everitt, treasurer for the Arts for Rutland committee, is confident that the film nights will be successful and continue on into the future.

She said: “I’m absolutely delighted with the response, the enthusiasm and the ideas. It’s one of the best responses from people we have had for a community idea.

“I feel it’s really sustainable with so many people offering to help and support.”

The first film to be screened will be The 2nd Best Exotic Marigold Hotel on September 3. The line up until December then includes What We Did On Our Holiday on October 1, Testament To Youth on Novemeber 5 and Far From The Madding Crowd on December 3. All films start at 7.30pm at Rutland County Museum.

Joy was contacted by a professor from the Film Institute who will help the committee with film ideas, other funding opportunities and development of the project. A film projectionist has offered to help with the screenings. And Joy has also been given ideas about film festivals, films in school and afternoon showings for older filmgoers.

Oakham has been without a cinema since 2012 when Live @ the Museum was axed due to council budget cuts.

Tickets for the new nights can be bought at Music and More or www.wegottickets.com.