Buntingford cinema to bring monthly screenings of classics and contemporary films to Benson Hall

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The magic of the cinema will return to Buntingford after a 60 year absence starting next month after the successful launch of the town’s film festival earlier this year.

The film club has announced a selection of monthly screenings to take place at Benson Hall over the next six months, including classic films like Casablanca and Some Like It Hot.

Christine Stuart-Taylor, event co-ordinator for Buntingford Film Club said: “First of all, a very big thank you for the tremendous support given by so many people, businesses, as well as council and civic benefactors of our town.

“This encouragement and financial help has enabled us to make significant progress in our mission to bring cinema back to Buntingford.

“Importantly, we have been able to compile our selection of films from the invaluable information and feedback which you provided in our questionnaire.

“We hope there will be something for everyone.”

The Buntingford cinema will launch with a gala event on Saturday, September 2, to tie in with the annual Classic Car show.

There will be a matinee showing of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and an evening screening of Genevieve, both at Benson Hall, and like the film festival in February the film club is offering a luxurious experience.

For those who dare brave the evil child catcher, there will be a Truly Scrumptious candy bag and people are being encouraged to come in Edwardian themed dress.

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While a glass of champagne is included in the price of the tickets for Genevieve, a classic British comedy from the 1950s.

After the gala launch, the Buntingford cinema will hold screenings at Benson Hall on the second Saturday of every month with Gone Girl and When Harry Met Sally be shown as well as classic films.

There will also be afternoon screenings of films the whole family can enjoy together.

Benson Hall was home to the last cinema in Buntingford, The Cosy, which first opened in 1933 and was shut down in 1958.

In late 2016 a group of volunteers formed a film club to bring cinema back to Buntingford for the first time in nearly 60 years.

The film club are planning an outdoor cinema night in June 2018 at Layston Court Gardens, with the theme at the movies.

The funding for the cinema equipment has come from the money raised through ticket sales combined with funding from town, district and county councils and other donations.

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