Covent Garden was brought to Thornham on Tuesday with the live-streaming of the Royal Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty to the village hall.
The evening of celebration, organised by Thornham Village Cinema, saw guests including the borough mayor and mayoress David and Linda Whitby enjoy the night.
The Village Cinema group has been very successful in obtaining grants from national organisations, Active at 60, the Thornham Village Charity and the Bag Ladies of Thornham.
The group has been showing films in the village since 2011, initially at the Old Drill Hall where the first 31 films were shown with borrowed projection equipment to a total of 2387 people before the move to the new hall where improved facilities and greater seating capacity has meant that larger audiences can access the cinema and the total now stands at just under 7000 people.
In January 2014 the group was loaned a satellite screening system for a trial that proved so successful a grant was sought and achieved and the equipment purchased.
Last summer a new sound system was installed and a recent application to the British Film Institute resulted in the new high definition projector that was launched by the screening of Sleeping Beauty.
In a speech just before the performance, Chris Burland from the Cinema Team said: “There are now 63 Village Screens in Norfolk and we want to increase and retain our audiences for both live satellite and cinema; we have a wonderful hall with top class facilities and now a high definition projector that gives perfect image quality alongside the 7.2 surround sound 12 speaker audio system and this evening you will experience just how perfect the sound and images are.”
Sleeping Beauty was designed to be as close to the 1946 production of Sleeping Beauty as it was the first production at the Royal Opera House when it reopened as a theatre after the Second World War.