Town Hall friends host AN­OTHER QUAL­ITY film TO start off the new year

Black Country Bugle - - YOUR LETTERS - By JOHN WORKMAN

SEV­ERAL years have passed since the Friends of Bis­ton Town Hall was formed with the sole aim of mak­ing day­time cinema avail­able to se­nior cit­i­zens who were un­able and quite un­der­stand­ably un­will­ing to ven­ture out of their homes in the evening.

A 1.30pm start­ing time on a Mon­day ev­ery other month has proved pop­u­lar for over five years, show­ing films that do more than just en­ter­tain, but bring back into the salu­bri­ous sur­round­ings of Bil­ston Town Hall a com­mu­nity spirit en­gen­dered by en­thu­si­asm with and sup­port of the or­gan­is­ers.

Five years ago prin­ci­pal or­gan­iser Astrid Hup­per­dine was ex­cited by the prospect of screen­ing films at the Town Hall for the first time since the golden era of film when the ball­room was leased to Pro­fes­sor Woods as a cinema back in the 1920s. But she still has to pinch her­self ev­ery time she sees a full house to re­alise just how suc­ces­ful the ven­ture has been.

The first film screen­ing of 2019 will take place on Mon­day Jan­uary 21 and brings alive the fan­tasy world of Dis­ney’s “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” starring Keira Knightley, Mackenzie Foy, Misty Copeland, He­len Mirren, and Morgan Free­man.

Doors open at 1pm for a 1.30pm start and ad­mis­sion is £3.50. Two weeks prior to the show tick­ets can be ob­tained in ad­vance from Bil­ston li­brary in Mount Pleas­ant or the Cafe Metro in Church Street, Bil­ston. Al­ter­na­tively, to re­serve tick­ets con­tact 07855 817596. Tea, cof­fee and cold drinks will be avail­able be­fore the film starts. You can also find more in­for­ma­tion on the web­site friend­sof­bil­ston­town hall.co.uk.

Dis­ney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

The au­di­ence at Bil­ston Town Hall wait­ing pa­tiently for the film to start

Bil­ston Town Hall back in the golden era of film

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