Opened in May 2000, this community based cinema strives to improve the quality and provision of film and live entertainment for residents and visitors to the Ribble Valley. The number of screenings increased to an average of 9 shows per week and audience figures rose to 23,000 during 2002, an increase of 4,000 on the previous year. With a growing number of films available to us on release, the cinema's reputation as a unique 'cinema experience' is growing throughout East Lancashire.
Flicks Saturday Morning Kids Club
Formed in March, Flicks' aim has been to provide a new way for children to enjoy the cinema, by combining the brand new releases of classic children's film being shown, with a chance to participate and learn in fun and creative workshops. Activities prior to the film have included anything from games and music, to arts and crafts with an emphasis on fun and enjoyment and with plenty of prizes to be won. The success of the club has allowed Flicks to play host to a number of professional artists, who have organised participative workshops, followed by a live show.
Organised in partnership with the Ribble Valley Borough Councils Platform Gallerry, the PG Club is run during the Summer holidays. The club offers a workshop0 film package for children aged eight and older. Activities at the morning workshops have included, circus skills, junk sculpture workshops; pottery; drum dance etc, followed by a film and a free bag of popcorn.
Ribble Film Club
Formed in January of 2001, the aim of the club has been to offer the people of the Ribble Valley, and surrounding areas, the opportunity to see some of the finer films of world cinema on the big screen. The careful programming of films has seen the club offer silver screen classics, alongside a varied selection of old and modern, English speaking and subtitled works. An Australian Film Festival took place in February 2003, which was a first for the club, culminating in a record attendance for the critically acclaimed 'Rabbit Proof Fence'.
A dedicated and committed team of volunteers have been established who are invaluable in maintaining and developing the potential of the cinema. volunteers help run all cinema sessions and clubs, and following an inducation, are supported through core training days that are held throughout the year. Plans for a volunteer social committee are underway to organise events and outings.
The future operation of The Grand Cinema has been uncertain. But, thanks to the support of Thee Lancaster Foundation, who are now operating the venue under a company called The Grand at Clitheroe, it looks like the cinema will continue alongside other arts-based activities in newly renovated and stylish premises at The Grand in York Street.
Friends of the Gasworks
We will need a tremendous amount of support if we are to achieve a new Arts Centre in Clitheroe by 2006. We will be helped by the independent support group Friends of the Gasworks. This group was formed in 2002 with the support of Louise Godfrey and Steve Ragnall, and is now flourishing under its Chair, Melanie Kilmister. The Friends of the Gasworks group aims to be a strong advocate for an Arts Centre. They will keep the development in the public eye throuhg organising theatre visits, and promoting events such as the Sheep Fest! If you want to see an Arts Centre in Clitheroe, join the Friends of the Gasworks now.
Contact: Geoffrey Jackson: 01200 426980. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org