New cinema for Chatteris

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CHATTERIS is to have its own cinema again, for the first time in more than 50 years.

The new community-run cinema opens its doors on February 5 and the group of volunteers behind it are nervously awaiting the premiere.

The cinema, in the recently refurbished King Edward Centre, has been four months in the making and was made possible through funding given to the centre.

Chairman Bill Haggeta said: “There’s been a lot of interest. We’re hoping it’s really going to take off.”

The team have tried to recreate the full cinema experience, with refreshments available in an adjacent room.

The official premiere film, ‘Made in Dagenham’, starts at 7.30pm on February 5. The 15-rated film stars Sally Hawkins and Bob Hoskins and tells the story of the 1968 strike at the Ford Dagenham car plant, where female workers walked out in protest against sexual discrimination.

The plan is to show films around once a month. Although they won’t be movies currently showing at the cinema, Bill is hoping they will be able to get releases in the gap before they come out on DVD.

Future showings include ‘Toy Story 3’ and ‘Social Network’, which will be shown at a special Academy Awards day on March 5.

Doors open at 6.45pm for the premiere. Tickets are available at the box office at the King Edward Centre on Saturday, from 10am to noon, Monday, January 31 and February 2, from 6pm to 8pm.

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