Fantastic Figures at Light House Cinema
The Black Country’s only independent cinema, Light House Cinema, has announced record admissions for its January programme of films.
Figures showed an increase of over 100% on last January and the highest monthly admissions in the Wolverhampton cinema’s 28 year history. This is partly down to a strong set of films for the month. These range from Mary Poppins Returns through to Stan and Ollie (partly filmed in Birmingham and the Black Country). Such films exceeded all expectations with sell out screenings over a two week period. A return of Bohemian Rhapsody demonstrated the bio-pic’s continued appeal and BAFTA-winning and Oscar-tipped The Favourite, starring Olivia Colman as Queen Anne, encouraged more full houses. As a consequence, takings in the cinema’s cafe bar Lock Works were also at a record high.
Appeal to Save Light House Cinema
Light House cinema launched a ‘Save Light House’ campaign last summer following statements from the management team that closure could be imminent. With media coverage and public support, admissions and donations have increased. However, the charity venue’s position is still far from secure.
Cinema and Operations manager Jas Kapur reported to trustees in January. He said, “Audiences are choosing Light House not just because of the current films – but because of its welcome and community feel. They enjoy seeing an exhibition by local artists before a film and enjoy taking a glass of wine in with them. If we could keep monthly admissions like this, we could feel confident about our future here in the city.”
To find out more about Light House Cinema and Cafe Bar, visit www.light-house.co.uk
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