Golden age of cinema given a new lease of life in Midsomer Norton
The golden age of classic cinema makes a nostalgic return this autumn as part of the Midsomer Norton Community Cinema's fortnightly programme.
Noel Coward's Brief Encounter is the first offering in a new slot at 2pm on Fridays.
The films are designed to complement the already established Saturday matinee and evening showcase.
Alongside the British greats, such as the Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard classic on September 13, there will also be films straight out of the golden age of Hollywood.
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By introducing each screening with a short talk and by including free tea and cake in the ticket price, the aim is to appeal to a wide audience from film aficionados to those to have never considered watching classic films and who are simply looking for a warm and cosy autumn afternoon.
Mayor Paul Myers said it was a bold step with the jury out on whether there was a market for great films from the past which many remember as packed full of emotion, turbulence and passion – but which many more have never heard of.
Mr Myers said: "Until you've seen Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard fall in love on the big high-definition projection screen it's difficult to imagine the appeal of these legendary classic films which our parents and grandparents flocked to the cinema to see in their day.
"While the challenge is getting people to take the plunge and come along for the first time – thereafter these films, I know, will work the magic their creators in the golden age of cinema intended."
Film greats such as Kind Hearts and Coronets, Bringing Up Baby and It's a Wonderful Life will also be shown in the way they were intended on a large screen and as a shared audience experience.
There is a ticket box office, comfy seating, 19ft screen, high definition digital projection and ice cream served in the interval all created by a team of volunteers.
For full details of the programme visit www.midsomer nortoncommunitytrust.co.uk.