Support Club

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What is the Leiston Film Theatre Support Club?

The Leiston Film Theatre Support Club is an independent group, founded in November 1992 to raise funds, promote, support, encourage and develop the use of the Leiston Film Theatre, Suffolk's oldest purpose built cinema, which first opened its doors on the 27th October 1914.

Through numerous fundraising activities and social events, the Club provides financial assistance towards the many improvements made at the venue. Our 'Set the Stage' project was launched in 2006 and completed in 2009. At a cost of nearly £33,000, this project has greatly enhanced the Film Theatre's capability to stage quality live shows.  The Club also raised funds in 2008/09 for improvements to the enlargement of the Film Theatre foyer, which was officially opened in April, with a plaque in memory of Peter Free, who was a much regarded former Film Theatre manager

The Club's current initiative is the 'Digital 3D Project'. In 2010, the venue became equipped with the very latest in digital projection and 3D system at a cost of £75,000, enabling the Film Theatre to screen the latest films in a pristine digital format and in 3D when available.

The Town Council initially set aside £25,000, with the Club donating a further £10,000 towards the project. To enable the installation to proceed immediately, the Town Council secured a low interest loan of £40,000, payable over five years, with an understanding that the Club would continue to raise funds, with a view of assisting with loan repayments.

Digital 3D cinema was launched at the Film Theatre in September 2010 and during the past two years; the Club have been able to meet all loan installments.

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Aims of the Support Club

To help promote the uses that the Film Theatre may be hired for, such as: the showing of special interest films, private screenings, live bands, plays, conferences and other events.

To help improve facilities and interior d'cor. (The Town Council is responsible for the main fabric and exterior of the Film Theatre)

The Club has been formed to make all this possible through a programme of regular fundraising events.

To hold social events for Club members and their guests that provides vital promotion and fundraising for the Film Theatre in the process.
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Membership of the Club is open to any person, on completion of a membership application form and paying the annual subscription fee, which is currently £6.00.  Membership runs from 1st March to the last day of February.

Club members are entitled to reduced admission to some Club events, regular bulletins on Club activities, including reports on fundraising and donations to Film Theatre projects, advance bookings for some Film Theatre live shows and invitations to attend exclusive social events for members and their guests.

As a valued member you will be helping to secure the vital future of the Leiston Film Theatre for the benefit of the local and surrounding community.

Support Club membership application forms are available at the Film Theatre box office or by post via e-mail at or by contacting the Club Membership Secretary, Michael Hill, 45 Garrett Crescent, Leiston, Suffolk.  IP16 4LF.  Tel: 01728 830514.

If you would like any further information please contact the Club Membership Secretary at the above address.

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