Responding to patron feedback, comments, and suggestions, Pocklington Arts Centre has reviewed the screening of films in recent months.
As a community venue with one screen, it’s always a balancing act programming cinema (generally released Fridays) and live performances. The Arts Centre sometimes has to wait a bit longer after general release and manage the number of screenings required.
Where possible, there will be at least one evening screening (usually 7.30pm) and/or one matinee screening (10.30am). As a trial, The Little Mermaid will be screened at 6.00pm on Friday 7th July and 10.30am on Saturday 8th July, to ensure suitable timings for school-aged children.
Matinee screenings used to be in the afternoon, but feedback received indicated a preference to screen films before lunch and to provide a cuppa as part of the experience. The Arts Centre has responded by offering 10.30am screenings, giving the opportunity to enjoy a free hot drink in our Community Café on Tuesday mornings from 10am — look out for occasional Friday morning screenings too. For evening screenings, the bar is open one hour before the start time of the film, to enjoy all your favourite pre-show drinks.
The hotter the release, the more likely there will be multiple opportunities to catch a film at The Arts Centre. Dave Parker, Venue Manager at the Arts Centre, says: “We try to ensure a variety of different films to appeal to the wide-ranging tastes of our audiences. We launched ‘POC-DOCS’ earlier this year and have received positive feedback from audiences who come to enjoy great documentaries on the big screen. We have noted a drop off in attendance for classic films, which we understand is due to the rise of on demand film titles available to view at home.”
Responding to the increased demand for family entertainment, Pocklington Arts Centre will be launching a monthly Family Fun session on the second Saturday of every month, starting in August. This will either be a family film, a live performance or workshop. The first event in this new series will be Paddington Bear’s First Concert on Saturday 12th August at 2:30pm. Based on the childhood book by Michael Bond, narrated by Abimaro Gennell, and BSL interpreted by Sarah Gatford, this will be a unique opportunity for families to experience classical music (ideal for ages 5+) in a wonderfully whimsical show full of un-bear-lievable family fun! Pre and post-show activities and marmalade sandwiches (naturally) will ensure a lovely family fun day for £33 (based on a family of four).
The Art Centre’s Director, Angela Stone, says: “It’s been so much fun curating a family friendly programme for our younger audiences. We wanted to reflect different artforms and create a variety of experiences for families to discover new ways to engage with the Arts Centre. We are excited to be developing our own Christmas production for December 2023 and creating special story for Pocklington.”
To plan your trip to Pocklington Arts Centre, look out on Facebook for listings and/or sign up to our mailing list at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following the pandemic, there has been a drop in numbers of volunteers available to distribute print to households in the Town. If you can help, the Arts Centre offers a free cinema ticket as thanks for helping to ensure as many printed fliers are delivered as possible. If you’d like to get involved, email email@example.com.
Alternatively, there is always an updated print out of upcoming cinema listings available at the Box Office. From September, the Arts Centre will return to having separate printed listings for live events and cinema screenings, and will continue to programme a wide variety of genres, including cultural live streaming.
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