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Cinema films are back on the menu in Tyldesley
7:10am Sunday 13th October 2013 in News
MOVIES are back in town 50 years after the closure of the last cinema in Tyldesley.
Silent films were first shown at Tyldesley Miners Hall, nowadays the 180 Dance Club, then the Carlton, which later became The New Carlton. The Theatre Royal and The Majestic sprang up as people craved entertainment long before a television became almost mandatory in their homes.
But the dearth of a ‘picture place’ in town - The Majestic in Castle Street closed in 1963 and was converted into the town’s swimming baths - is over with the formation of Tyldesley Film Society.
“It might not have the opulence of those cinemas in Tyldesley in the 1920s when there was the Theatre Royal, The Majestic, The Carlton or even its replacement the New Carlton in Johnson Street,” said Society spokesman Paul Costello.
“The newly formed Society is the brainchild of a number of local residents who wish to bring back the spirit of film watching to Tyldesley. Blockbusters may not be shown immediately but in the future who knows?
“We may consider an afternoon weekday showing which would cater for older people in the winter months. We’re going to try to get a showing of the Pretoria Pit film and the local independent film Echoes. "
The first film Untouchable will be shown at the Society’s home, Cadence Café on Chapel Street off Elliott Street. The programme will feature a different film each month until May 2014.
Admission to the launch night on Thursday, October 24 is free but the Society will operate as a members club. Doors open at 6.30pm and the film starts at 7.00pm.
For Further information about becoming a member contact Elizabeth Costello 07969 647466 or Nick Yates 07830 420354 or visit www.tyldesleyfilmsociety.com
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