Story Jacqueline Henry Photo Ben McShea
A group of Sandgate movie lovers have started a club to bring social cinema to Sandgate. The Sandgate Cinema Club will show classic movies and old favourites on the big screen and they are inviting local movie-fans to join the club.
Club secretary Ken Francey said it’s a social event where people can come early and catch up with a cup of tea and a chat before the movie.
“When was the last time you saw Jaws on the big screen? Jaws is an all time favourite movie for so many people and it’s a great movie to watch on the big screen, but the last time most of us saw it on the big screen was when it was released.
“We’re not competing with the big cinemas or Netflix. It’s a social occasion and a chance for movie lovers to get together and watch old favourites on the big screen.”
Ken adds that members will have a choice as to what movies will be shown, but the movies will be those you couldn’t go and see in a modern day cinema.
“We will be focussing on movies that are rarely screened on TV or not accessible by Netflix like Kill Bill and Trainspotting... movies that are great for social interaction like Rocky Horror and Dirty Dancing. Also hidden classics like Hugo, Dark Habits and Local Hero. Movies that are best seen on the big screen but possibly haven’t been seen since their initial release like Jaws, Star Wars and Indiana Jones, and also film noir classics like Strangers On A Train and Casablanca.
“We plan to screen one movie a month. Our first movie night will be October 1, (a public holiday) starting with a free family movie in the afternoon at Sandgate Town Hall and a movie for members in the evening.”
“Each month we’ll propose four movies online and members can vote for their preferred movie.”
Ken adds, “Bring a cushion to be more comfortable and a throw rug in winter. Tea, coffee, soft drinks and snacks will be available to purchase.”
The club is membership based and open to everyone; twelve-month membership is $55 and membership can be purchased online or at the door.
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