The new Driffield Community Cinema opens its doors to the public for the first time on Saturday, with a screening of the blockbuster animated comedy, Minions.
This will be the first in a series of Saturday matinees, from 11am-1pm, at the new cinema based in Market House, Exchange Street.
Minions stars Sandra Bullock, Steve Coogan and Jennifer Saunders, who plays Queen Elizabeth in a cameo role.
Driffield has been without a cinema since the Majestic closed in 1979 and this new venture is the brainchild of local businessman Chris Morris, who owns Market House.
Over the past 25 years a cinema has been top of Driffield people’s wish list in every public opinion survey undertaken by either Driffield Town Council or East Riding of Yorkshire Council.
Initially, Market House will screen family films on Saturdays (tickets £5) and films aimed at adults/senior citizens on Thursday afternoons.
Mr Richard Hill, the new manager of Market House, explained: “Our aim is to add further screenings, both evening and daytime, over the coming months.
“We have high quality screen and projection equipment and I expect people to be impressed by the overall effect.”
The opening of the cinema has also been supported by the Driffield Town Council. Town Clerk, Claire Binnington, said: “The Town Council are delighted at the introduction of a community cinema in the town.
“Over the years in every consultation we have embarked upon, a cinema comes out tops as the most desired addition to the town’s amenities.
“While we accept it is hardly a multi screen cinema complex, we do hope that the people of the town acknowledge the hard work that has gone into getting this off the ground and support this new community cinema.” Driffield Community Cinema has a Facebook page with contact details.
People can reserve a seat for Minions on Saturday (24 October) by calling or texting 01377 255272/mobile 07932 494357 or Chris Morris 01377 270726.
The cinema room is also available for private bookings.