Record year for Saffron Walden's cinema

PUBLISHED: 12:15 19 January 2009 | UPDATED: 21:40 31 May 2010

Saffron Screen's projectionist Paul Willmott with Nigel Wolland MBE

Saffron Screen's projectionist Paul Willmott with Nigel Wolland MBE

COMMUNITY cinema Saffron Screen is celebrating a record year after more than 30,000 people visited the venue in 2008. The cinema, based at the Saffron Walden County High School, has seen a growth in audience numbers over the past 12 months. The season f

COMMUNITY cinema Saffron Screen is celebrating a record year after more than 30,000 people visited the venue in 2008.

The cinema, based at the Saffron Walden County High School, has seen a growth in audience numbers over the past 12 months.

The season finished with a series of live accompaniments of the Buster Keaton film Steamboat Bill, Jr by local pianist Gail Ford. The popular screening offered a rare opportunity to see a classic black and white film screened as it should be.

Chairman of Saffron Screen Rebecca del Tufo said: "As well as a fantastic end to 2008, the cinema has seen 2009 get off to a flying start. Our new 'Fiction Into Film' course - a credited adult education course run in conjunction with the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education - started last Wednesday and has sold out with a waiting list.

"This is Saffron Screen's first venture into a formal course that can give people credits leading to a university level qualification."

Saffron Screen's lead projectionist Paul Willmott was assessed last week and has achieved formal certification, confirming the quality and professionalism of his work. Paul was assessed by Nigel Wolland, who has recently retired as chief projectionist at the Odeon Leicester Square and has been awarded an MBE for services to the industry.

Mr Wolland said he was very impressed with Saffron Screen's standard of presentation and the high quality of the cinema's projection equipment. He also found that Paul has a thorough understanding of the operational requirements of good cinema projection.

Saffron Screen's diverse programme continues through January and February with popular films such as Changeling (15), Body of Lies (15), Australia (12A) and Frost/Nixon (15), and some challenging screenings including the highly acclaimed Waltz with Bashir (18) and The Baader Meinhof Complex (18). Children's films include Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (PG) and The Tale of Despereaux (U).

The cinema is also screening a Paul Newman memorial double bill on Sunday February 1, with The Sting (PG) at 5pm and The Hustler (15) at 8pm.

Finally, there will be what is probably the last chance to see Mamma Mia! (PG) on the big screen at the end of January.

For more information visit www.saffronscreen.com.

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