Reel changes ahead for bar

Southport Visiter - - Front Page - BY JAMIE LOPEZ jamie.lopez@trin­i­tymir­ @jamie_lopez1

SOUTH­PORT is set to get a new com­mu­nity cinema in the town cen­tre, thanks to a lo­cal film fan.

The 50-seat cinema will screen art­house and in­de­pen­dent films, that aren’t other­wise be­ing shown in the area, and a se­lec­tion of clas­sic movies.

Tick­ets will be priced at just £5 for adults and less for se­niors and stu­dents.

Michael Lock­wood, who has pre­vi­ously opened a sim­i­lar pic­ture­house in the 1970s, has bought the for­mer Latin Lounge build­ing on Post Of­fice Av­enue at auction af­ter search­ing for some­where to hire for around a year.

The for­mer restau­rant is now be­ing re­paired and con­verted to house the screen­ing room, a cafe and bar area and meet­ing room.

The ven­ture will be run as a non-profit Com­mu­nity In­ter­est Com­pany and Michael, who cites the like of Hitch­cock and Kubrick among his favourite film­mak­ers, is now look­ing for vol­un­teers to help run the cinema.

He plans to open the cinema from 10am to 10pm each days so is ask­ing peo­ple to of­fer to help out with as lit­tle as one hour a week.

Michael said: “Af­ter much search­ing and de­ci­sion mak­ing and not rent­ing, I de­cided to pur­chase the for­mer Latin Lounge, in Post Of­fice Av­enue last Novem­ber as it was up for auction at a good price,.

The rooms are just fine for what we want to do, it’s air-con­di­tioned and it’s just off Lord Street and hope­fully open­ing in mid2017.

“Sub­ject to Sefton plan­ning and li­cences, the in­ten­tion is to keep the cafe/bar area serv­ing cof­fee, tea and cake plus wine and bot­tled beer to the gen­eral pub­lic.

“We hope to cre­ate a cinema lounge with easy chairs and so­fas ad­ja­cent for mati­nee films that can also be hired for live per­for­mances and meet­ings.

“Ad­ja­cent is a kitchen that can be used for or­gan­i­sa­tions bring­ing in their own food if they want to hire the space for their own film shows or other events.

“But to make this work we need vol­un­teers. Some need only help out for an hour a week.

“The more vol­un­teers the more chance of the build­ing be­ing used most of each week. There are va­can­cies for the cafe/bar and ticket sales and some vol­un­teers will be able to put on their own film shows.

“No ex­pe­ri­ence is nec­es­sary as train­ing will be pro­vided.

“If any­one wants to vol­un­teer please send your name, email ad­dress and phone num­ber to south­portcin­ema@ gmail. com or at 07528889549.

“Vol­un­teer meet­ings will take place soon and ev­ery­one can fol­low us on Face­book and Twit­ter to find out more.”

New com­mu­nity cinema to open in the for­mer Latin Lounge

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