Lockdown has proved a challenge for us all and closing The Magic Lantern has not only been heartbreaking for the Lantern Team but also our amazing community. However, the Lanterneers always see problems as challenges and we are beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel.
We have been busy working on other ways to bring cinema back to our audiences and we can now reveal what we have been working on these past few months.
Today we submitted our Premise and Ofcom Licence for a Drive In Cinema! We can’t be sure it will go ahead until we get our licences approved but here are our plans.
We plan to hold a Drive in cinema THROUGHOUT July & August!!
We aim to show 2 – 3 films EVERY day, 3 or 4 DIFFERENT films EVERY WEEK!!!
Every week we will have a film for kids, a family or musical film, a classic or cult film and twice a week....a late night Horror.
The overall theme...Films to make you feel fabulous!
We have to get a screening licence for each and every film we plan to show and this will be the hardest part of this entire project as film rights are sometimes very tricky to get hold of but we will do our best to bring you a fantastically varied programme...as you would expect from The Lantern.
Whilst our WISH LIST includes the obvious....Grease, Dirty Dancing, Mamma Mia, The Greatest Showman, we also want to bring you some amazing films that we think will be an experience to see at a Drive-In....Tremors, Shaun of the Dead, The Full Monty, Priscilla Queen of the Desert - alongside some wonderful family films like The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Harry Potter and not forgetting The Magic Lantern favourite - The Blues Brothers!
We want to do something fun! – everyone has had such a difficult few months and while we have a long road ahead of us The Magic Lantern wants to continue to do what we have always aimed to do – to be the hub of the community, to bring you entertainment and joy and to shine a light in the darkness.
Hoping that we get our licences and that lockdown relaxes enough to allow this kind of gathering - we promise you we will be taking our responsibilities to our community seriously and doing everything possible to make this an exciting but safe experience.
We can’t wait to get our team back together and start welcoming our amazing supporters back to The Magic Lantern events.
Watch this space for further announcements and details and if you sign up to our newsletter you will be the first to hear about our programme and when tickets go on sale.