Cinema to re­open for

Grimsby Telegraph - - Front Page - By Han­nah Corken han­nah.corken@reach­plc.com

GRIMSBY’S only cinema will re­open next week – just in time for a Hal­loween spook­fest.

The film the­atre in­side John Whitgift Academy is back open for busi­ness from Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 31, kick­ing off with a ghoul­ish dou­ble bill show­ing the first and sec­ond films from the Hal­loween fran­chise. De­spite con­fu­sion back in July when a state­ment was posted on its web­site say­ing it had closed for good, the or­gan­is­ers and staff be­hind the pur­pose-built cinema say they are geared up for an­other year of screen­ings but with some new and im­proved changes.

Whilst the open­ing movies are strictly for over 18s only, a new fam­ily ticket bun­dle will help at­tract new users to the venue.

There will also be theme nights.

The re­launch forms part of a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the the­atre and the other in-house fa­cil­i­ties hosted at the premises which in­cludes two swim­ming pools, a con­fer­ence suite, train­ing rooms and cater­ing ser­vices. The multi-func­tional space will be re­mar­keted as Whitgift The Venue and aims to at­tract in­ter­est from both the pub­lic and lo­cal busi­nesses.

It comes as work is still yet to start on Grimsby’s £20 mil­lion cinema com­plex at the River­head. It was ex­pected to have started al­ready but spec­u­la­tion is mount­ing of prob­lems with un­der­ground ca­bling and Fresh­ney Place has been put on the mar­ket.

Whitgift busi­ness man­ager Karen An­der­sen said: “We want to show­case our fa­cil­i­ties and widen our reach. “We are the only film the­atre in Grimsby and for those that do not know about us we en­cour­age you to come and visit to see for your­self.

“We have in­tro­duced new fam­ily bun­dle tick­ets at a com­pet­i­tive rate in the hope that par­ents and their chil­dren can en­joy time out at the cinema at an af­ford­able price. We want the peo­ple of Grimsby and the sur­round­ing ar­eas to en­joy a fa­cil­ity that is right on their doorstep.

“This year we are re­ally mix­ing things up – along­side our new re­leases we will also be launch­ing our themed nights so Bond fans, mu­si­cal en­thu­si­asts and Pot­ter lovers watch this space!”

The 200-seater the­atre also of­fers re­fresh­ments to en­joy dur­ing the screen­ing. Hot bev­er­ages, fresh juice, a se­lec­tion of con­fec­tionery and, of course, pop­corn are some of the treats on of­fer.

All pay­ments are now be­ing taken upon en­try with no pre-book­ing re­quired.

Up­com­ing screen­ings in­clude:

■ Oc­to­ber 31, 8pm, Hal­loween and Hal­loween 2

■ Novem­ber 8, 7pm, Mamma Mia – Here we go again

■ Novem­ber 9, 7pm, Mamma Mia – Here we go again

■ Novem­ber 15, 7pm, Pearl Har­bour

■ Novem­ber 16, 7pm, The In­glo­ri­ous Bast*ards (2009)

■ Novem­ber 22, 7pm, Black Swan

■ Novem­ber 23, 7pm, The Equal­izer 2 (2018)

■ Novem­ber 29, 7pm, Ocean’s Eight Novem­ber 30, 7pm, Rocky Hor­ror Pic­ture Show (2016).

A new web­site will be launch­ing over the next few weeks which will list all in­for­ma­tion on screen­ings, pric­ing and the other fa­cil­i­ties avail­able.

For any di­rect en­quiries con­tact John Whitgift Academy on 01472 311080 or e-mail an­der­skenk3@john­whit­gift.org.uk

Grimsby’s John Whitgift Film The­atre, which will re­open on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 31.

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