The long-awaited opening date for Romney Marsh’s only cinema has finally been revealed.
Cinemarsh will host its opening night on Friday October 8 with the latest James Bond film, No Time to Die.
The 46-seat independent cinema, based at the Marsh Academy Recreation Center, was originally scheduled to open in April 2020, just weeks after the first Covid-19 lockdown.
Director Jason Mahoney and his team are now putting the finishing touches to the cinema in time for the opening.
Mr Mahoney said: “We are excited and nervous.
“Since the recreation center reopened earlier this year, the most popular question is when the cinema will open. So we hope the demand is there.”
The cinema will be open daily and present around 20 screenings per week, which will include a mix of blockbuster films and independent films.
While the program is still being finalized, upcoming screenings include Dune, The Eternals, Last Night in Soho, and French Dispatch, as well as The Last Bond.
Tickets will cost £ 8 for adults, £ 7 for concessions and students and £ 6.50 for leisure center members and children.
Mr Mahoney said: “We don’t just want to aim for the biggest movies. We want a balance.
“We’ll see what works over the next couple of months and what people want.
“The secret is to keep people coming back. We hope our selection of films will attract people.
“Also, we’re on the doorstep, which will encourage people to come and maybe introduce them to different genres.
“As for what’s to come, Dune is coming out soon, along with a new Wes Anderson movie. We’re thrilled with that.”
Cinemarsh will be the only cinema located on Romney Marsh.
Right now, moviegoers have to travel to Folkestone or Ashford to catch a blockbuster, or the Kino in Rye, East Sussex, all about a 30-minute drive from New Romney.
Mr Mahoney added: “We have given a lot of thought to the price. We are cheaper than anywhere else.”
Popcorn, chocolate, candy and drinks will also be offered in the foyer and living room, and Mr. Mahoney hopes people will support the cinema by purchasing snacks.
He added: “It might be a little more expensive than going to the store, but it will be a success or a break for the cinema and we want to encourage people to support us.”
Eight students of the 6th Marsh Academy were brought in to work in the cinema, which has been preparing for six years and has been made possible thanks to several scholarships.
The screen is five meters wide and its sound and projection systems were installed by Sound Associates, one of the UK’s leading digital cinema installers.
It also has a hall and toilets.
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