Full house for cinema return

THERE was a full house as the silver screen returned to Morpeth for the first in a series of film nights.

The Greater Morpeth Development Trust (GMDT) hopes to bring regular screenings back to the town in a community venture with the help of Doortstep Pictures.

And the project couldn’t have got off to a better start as people packed into the Ballroom at Morpeth Town Hall last weekend, filling its 100-seat-capacity for a showing of Oscar and Bafta winning film The King’s Speech.

Organisers are now trying to find ways of increasing the seating for future screenings to meet the demand.

GMDT Arts and Cultural Interest Group Director Frank Rescigno said: “We have to say we were indeed pleasantly surprised at the overwhelming response for the re-launch of Morpeth Community Cinema.

“In our advance publicity we did say that the viability of regular screenings very much depends on audience support so the first showing has given us great encouragement that community cinema can become part of Morpeth’s regular entertainment.”

The next film to be shown will be The Black Swan on Friday, October 7, at 7pm, with future screenings including Mamma Mia on November 4, It’s A Wonderful Life on December 2, and Young Victoria on February 3.

Films for younger audiences will be shown at Collingwood School and Media Arts College on Saturday mornings, beginning on September 24.