A MOVIE buff is launching a film feast at one of the borough’s cinemas next year.
When Emma Howe – who runs local promotion company Kittle – came up with the idea to create a new cinema experience for borough folk, she contacted the Customs House.
The 24-year-old wanted to give people the chance to see cult films accompanied by food and drink for the price of a film ticket at a multiplex.
Starting in the new year, the arts venue in Mill Dam, South Shields, will host Films For Any Given Sunday every week.
Classic films, including Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jaws and Dirty Dancing, will be shown on themed nights to try to provide perfect lazy Sunday entertainment.
Emma, from South Shields, is delighted that the Customs House went along with her idea, which she dreamed up with business partner Nic Wright.
She said: “I’m over the moon that we will finally have something like this in the town.
“You get events of this kind at cinemas like the Tyneside in Newcastle all the time, and they go down a storm.
“I think the Customs House realised that there is a gap in the market for something like this in South Tyneside, and that it might attract a new audience to the venue.
“It will only be £10 as well, which includes food or a drink.”
January 27 sees the first instalment of Any Given Sunday with a showing of David Fincher’s acclaimed Fight Club, starring Brad Pitt.
Each Sunday will be themed, either as Sunday Roast, which includes a hot sandwich and roast potatoes, Cult Club, which includes a pint in the ticket price, Girls’ Night In, which comes with a two-course supper or 3easy Does It, when a classic trilogy will be screened. Emma said: “Sundays are a brilliant day to go to the cinema. I go almost every week, and that’s where the idea came from.
“Hopefully, when people are maybe feeling a little delicate from the night before, they can come to us and we’ll look after them with a great film and some nice food and drink.
“When you go to a cinema it costs about £8 for the ticket then you’ve got to fork out for snacks – with this all of that is taken care of. It’s a full experience.”
Tim Flood, the Customs House’s marketing and programming manager, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Kittle on this new venture.
“It’s a great idea and is something that isn’t on offer anywhere else in the borough.
“It’s an exciting project and one that should bring in a younger crowd to the Customs House.”
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