Saturday, January 22, saw the long-anticipated return of the cinema to Launceston with the town’s youth council screening Avatar in the beautifully refurbished town hall. On Friday, February 4, the new season of films kicks off properly with the Ewan McGregor/Pierce Brosnan thriller The Ghost.
Films Launceston In the Community (FLIC) is determined to make a success of the town’s new cinema, and even hope to stage a film festival at the town hall before too long. In the meantime, FLIC chairman Lawrence McNeela promises an eclectic mixture of comedies and dramas, family films and classics.
Lawrence told D&CFilm:’We hope to put on something for everyone. But this is your cinema, and we need your support if we are going to show films each month. Tickets are for sale on the night, at just £5 each and £4 for concessions.’
The Ghost is a thriller based on the best-selling book by Robert Harris. It is about a writer hired to ghost-write the memoirs of a prime minister responsible for taking the country into an unpopular war. During his research, he discovers secrets that powerful men want to keep hidden from the public.
‘It’s a brilliant film,’ Lawrence said, ‘described by one film critic as a cracking yarn boasting great performances and a gripping storyline. With comfortable new seats, under-floor heating and grand surroundings, our wonderful town hall is the perfect venue to watch it.’
Launceston’s own Gerry’s Originals are supplying luxurious, handmade ice-cream and there will be a licensed bar selling wines and beers. Future films will include facebook tale A Social Network and The King’s Speech. There are even plans for Launceston Fryers to supply pizzas and fish ‘n chips at future shows.
Doors open at 7pm with The Ghost showing at 7.30pm.