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08 Apr

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"This is Cinema! See you soon!"

April 8, 2010 | By |

The closing words of a screening seen by a tiny audience of 28 in a packed out shop-space turned movie house. Once again A Small Cinema took over my life recently, this time in Widnes. Not just my life I suppose but also the lives of a few others, namely volunteers Karl, Steve and Mena who took on the roles of cinema staff with gusto. They brought a great perosnal character that made this cinema event unique – Karl with his local connections and natural authority; Steve with his own history and experience in working in a Widnes cinema (the Empire), along with his wife Mena who, having met Steve whilst working as an usherette back in the day, brought a sense of style to the presentation. We put on 12 screenings over two days – quite a marathon.

It was a really great weekend and we showed a hell of a lot of short films to a lot of people, young and old, from Widnes. Working to find the shop-space and get in ready for the event was intense, but worth it. I felt quite sad to pack it all up afterwards. More pictures (there are some crackers) can be seen on the A Small Cinema blog, along with Tim Brunsden’s film of Steve and Mena which was made specially for the event, plus a video document of the day.

A Small Cinema in Widnes was another project developed by Re-Dock. Thanks to Halton Borough Council for its financial support.

30 Mar

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Fri 2nd and Sat 3rd : A Small Cinema in Widnes

March 30, 2010 | By |


This Friday and Saturday, every hour from 11 till 5, Re-Dock presents:

A Small Cinema in WIDNES!

For the first time since 1983, Widnes will have it’s own movie theatre.
A family-friendly short film event in the guise of a traditional cinema experience.
A temporary picture-house installation in a small shop in Widnes town centre.

Each show lasts just over half an hour.


Kid’s MatinĂ©e – 11 and 12 o’clock

Classic cartoons and new shorts for kids. All adults must be accompanied by a child!

Eye Widnes – 2 and 3 o’clock

Archive films, new animations, familiar faces – Widnes as you’ve never seen it before.
Featuring new work by Owain Bentley and Tim Brunsden

Scrambled Eggs – 4 and 5 o’clock

An eclectic selection of bizarre short films for an Easter Saturday at the movies.

PLUS!

advertisements for local shops!
local memories of cinema!
classic trailers for films you love!
Local heroes – films by local film-makers!
Ushers to show you to your seat!
popcorn and ice-cream!
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64 Albert Road, Widnes

(just next to Barclays bank, opposite the Imperial pub)

(google map)


PRICE OF ADMISSION: 25p


www.trywidnes.com

A Re-Dock project. Thanks to Halton Borough Council for its financial support.