REVIEW: The Last Projectionist

May 2012
Film fans across Suffolk will be able to enjoy a brilliant British documentary when it come to the Film Theatre for three special screenings at Leiston in July.

The Last Projectionist charts the amazing history of UK independent cinema, taking a tour of some of the most magical picture houses in the world. The story centres on The Electric in Birmingham, the oldest working cinema in Britain. From its silent beginnings in 1909; to a news and cartoon cinema during WWII; an adult cinema in the 70s and 80s; then saved from demolition and restored to its art deco glory in 2004. The enchanting film really is a celebration of the irrepressible charm and individuality of the independent venues.

The acclaimed and award winning documentary, which is to be screened as part of the Cannes Film Festival is showing at Leiston Film Theatre on Sunday 1st and Wednesday 4th July and is an absolute 'must-see' for anyone passionate about films and independent cinema. The matinee screening on Wednesday 4th July will also include a personal introduction by the film's Director, Tom Lawes and a question and answer session following film.

The fascinating, and as yet untold story, is brought to life by former staff, industry experts and customers, one of whom recounts her first visit in 1917. Accompanied by unseen archive footage and beautifully shot in HD, the film goes on to explore the rapid advance of digital cinema and the likely demise of 35mm film.

Leiston Film Theatre manager Wayne Burns is especially excited about these special screenings. "It seems rather fitting that this irresistible film is shown at the County's oldest purpose built independent cinema, as we look forward to celebrating our centaury in 2014. I would urge anyone who cares for their local cinema to see this film." he said.

The Last Projectionist (12A) is shown at the Leiston Film Theatre on Sunday 1st July at 3.00pm and 7.20pm and on Wednesday at 3.00pm only. Tickets are priced 6.75, 5.75 and 4.50 and are now available from the Leiston Film Theatre box office on 01728 830549 or online at:  

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