Help ar­rives to save town’s Flix cinema

Loughborough Echo - - NEWS - DAVID GODSALL david.godsall@reach­plc.com

A CINEMA es­tab­lished in Lough­bor­ough 72 years ago has been saved - af­ter the Echo high­lighted its plight.

The Flix not-for-profit cinema run by stu­dents, based at the Cope Au­di­to­rium on the Lough­bor­ough Uni­ver­sity cam­pus in Epinal Way, has been of­fer­ing movie screen­ings and more to stu­dents and the pub­lic for more than seven decades.

It has a state-of-the-art dig­i­tal pro­jec­tion sys­tem, big screen and 7.1 sur­round sound.

But the cam­pus cinema found it­self at risk of wind­ing up, ac­cord­ing to James Moore, com­mu­nity li­ai­son for Flix, who said they needed a new wave of sup­port­ers to safe­guard its fu­ture.

He ex­plained that all of the cur­rent film so­ci­ety com­mit­tee mem­bers were leav­ing af­ter grad­u­a­tion and so help was wanted to keep Flix run­ning.

Nor­mally there are some mem­bers who carry over to the next year and pro­vide con­ti­nu­ity, but this sum­mer there was no one to book films in time for the au­tumn term.

Help is also needed to re­cruit new mem­bers for the film so­ci­ety at the Fresh­ers Fair in Oc­to­ber and to sup­port th­ese mem­bers on an on­go­ing ba­sis.

The Echo high­lighted the sit­u­a­tion and re­vealed de­tails of an open day where Lough­bor­ough Uni­ver­sity stu­dents, cam­pus work­ers and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity were all wel­come to go along and find out more - and car­ing sup­port­ers have stepped in to help.

Mr Moore said: “The open day went re­ally well.

“We’d like to thank the Echo for high­light­ing our predica­ment and also every­one who came along on the day.

“Flix now has an en­thu­si­as­tic team of vol­un­teers in place and we are looking for­ward to the au­tumn term.

“In the mean­time, if any­one is still in­ter­ested in get­ting in­volved they are wel­come to con­tact us by email to info@flix.org.uk .”

Flix can trace its ori­gins to the Lough­bor­ough Col­lege Film So­ci­ety which was set up in 1946 at the old Lough­bor­ough Li­brary in Green­close Lane.

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