New and old movies, and cinema clubs, at Sheringham Little Theatre in spring campaign

Sheringham Little Theatre's new digital equipment which is enabling new cinema showings and clubs.

Sheringham Little Theatre's new digital equipment which is enabling new cinema showings and clubs. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: © ARCHANT NORFOLK PHOTOGRAPHI

A seaside theatre is making big moves into movies by growing its cinema programme - and is asking local people to help say what is screened.

Sheringham Little Theatre film clubs - Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's

Sheringham Little Theatre film clubs - Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's - Credit: Archant

Sheringham Little Theatre, which has new digital projection equipment, is doubling the number of films it shows to 80 screenings a year.

Sheringham Little Theatre film clubs - Gene Wilder's Willy Wonka

Sheringham Little Theatre film clubs - Gene Wilder's Willy Wonka - Credit: Archant

And it is launching its new movie offer through a Spring into Cinema campaign, supported by a £5,250 grant from the British Film Institute through the National Lottery and a £1,500 contribution from Norfolk Country Cottages.

It will see the venue screen a range of events for all ages and tastes - from vintage classics and late-night horror, to a new Saturday morning kids' club.

Theatre director Debbie Thompson said: 'The idea is to test the water and to get people to tell us what they want us to show. We want to encourage the community to be involved in drawing up the programme.'

New clubs for youngsters and vintage movie fans were part of that sounding board.

The cinema will also aim to show more recent releases and films with local connections.

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The launch event on May 7 sees a VIP reception followed by a screening of the critically acclaimed new film A Late Quartet (15) starring Christopher Walken and Phillip Seymour Hoffman.

The first Late Night Horror show is on Friday 10 May with a rare chance to see the full 144 minute uncut version of Stanley Kubrick's 1980 classic The Shining starring Jack Nicholson.

The Kids Club starts on the morning of Saturday May 11 with Gene Wilder's original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (U), with the chance to meet Oompa-Loompas, make a giant lollipop and design a Wonka Bar.

Later in the day The Vintage Film Club launches with Breakfast At Tiffany's starring Audrey Hepburn followed by afternoon tea and musical accompaniment a DJ using wind-up gramophones.

The following week on May 18, Cinema Memories combines footage of Norfolk cinemas in bygone years with the chance to share memories and photographs with Jane Alvey senior archivist of The East Anglian Film Archive.

The Little Theatre itself has cinema history having first shown silent movies in 1914 as the town hall before becoming The Picture House and Empire Cinema ahead of becoming The Little Theatre in 1960.

Norfolk based Director Tony Britten will be in Sheringham to introduce his recent films, set and filmed in Norfolk. In Love With Alma Cogan starring Roger Lloyd-Pack and Niamh Cusack on Cromer Pier shows on May 19. Benjamin Britten: Peace and Conflict with John Hurt and shot at Gresham's School in Holt can be seen on May 26.

For details of the free film clubs contact the theatre on 01263 822347 or go to www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com

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