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Community Cinema Club returns to the King's Lynn Guildhall

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There is good news for anyone who enjoys going to the cinema in King’s Lynn, as the Community Cinema Club has returned to St George’s Guildhall.

The club celebrated its 10th birthday last month, but had to do so under lockdown conditions via Zoom.

Now, following a successful trial screening of Knives Out, starring Daniel Craig, earlier this month, the club is planning to screen the Oscar-winning Parasite, on Thursday in the Guildhall – Britain’s oldest working theatre.

Community Cinema Club has returned to St George’s Guildhall
Community Cinema Club has returned to St George’s Guildhall

KLCCC chairman, Ian Barton, told the Lynn News: “Since lockdown rules were eased over the summer, the committee have been trying to assess whether there would be sufficient interest amongst our members to recommence our programme and get back to showing films at the Guildhall.

“We have worked closely with Philip Bayfield and his staff from the Corn Exchange to put together a package of safety measures to ensure members would be safe and able to maintain social distancing requirements. As a result, we can now seat up to 75 people in a Covid-secure environment.”

Last month, the committee conducted an online survey amongst members to ask if they would be prepared to return to the Guildhall,

Mr Barton said: “We were unsure how many of our members would want to return to the Guildhall, so we were really pleased when 74 per cent said that they were ready to return.

“The turnout for our trial screening was very good and the feedback we had afterwards gave us the confidence to keep the momentum going with another film two weeks later.

“Subject to there being no changes to the local Covid alert level, we plan to start a new membership season in November.”

Members of the club pay £17 for a season of six months’ membership and can then see up to seven films for free. Non-members can see any film by buying a day membership for just £5.

Now, the club plans to start a whole new season of films starting next month and the committee is banking on there being enough members to support the programme.

KLCCC treasurer, Ivor Rowlands said: “We need to pay for a full season of film licences and Guildhall bookings, which is quite a commitment for us financially.

“Fortunately, the club has sufficient reserves to underwrite the cost of this and so there is no risk that we won’t be able to meet our obligations to members.

“We also recognise that some of our members are still shielding and not yet in a position to return to the Guildhall. For anyone in that position we will suspend their membership and allow them to rejoin at any time during the season and only pay a pro-rata membership fee.”

Mr Rowlands, who is also chairman of Shakespeare’s Guildhall Trust, which is campaigning to create a sustainable mixed-use performance, arts and cultural centre; heritage attraction of national significance and a great economic, education and cultural asset for the town, said: “For the last 10 years, the cinema club has shown films at St George’s Guildhall, typically about 18 times a year.

“They have been the biggest users of the historic Guildhall theatre. SGT is really pleased to see KLCCC return to the Guildhall and look forward to seeing many other users returning in the coming months.”

Full details of KLCCC and how to become a member can be found on their website www.klccc.uk, facebook and twitter.

Any non-members wishing to see Parasite should email communitycinemaclub@googlemail.com to book a place.

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