A five-star rating for ‘Family Flicks’ at Crompton Place
Free films to be shown throughout summer
It was ‘lights, camera, action!’ as 200 film fans flocked to Crompton Place on the first day of the return of ‘Family Flicks’ – the centre’s pop-up cinema, which will be showing free screenings of top movies all summer long.
The cinema – located in the former Clarks unit – was last week full to capacity for showings of both the Lego Batman Movie and Storks. Every Wednesday until 30 August, keen movie-goers visiting the centre can also enjoy fun, family films such as Beauty and the Beast, Sing, Smurfs – The Lost Village and more, with different films being shown at 11.30am and 2.30pm.
Paula Wood, Centre Manager at Crompton Place, said she was pleased to bring the cinema back for part two following its introduction earlier this year. She said: “We’re very happy that we’re offering another activity for keeping the children entertained over the six-week break.
“A trip to the pictures always feels like a special treat and it’s a great way for families to relax and have a great time together,” said Paula. “What makes it even sweeter is that it’s free so our visitors can return as many times as they wish.”
Local charity, Endeavour Project – which provides support for women, children and their pets experiencing domestic violence and abuse – runs the ‘Family Flicks’ tuck shop, which raised a fantastic £98 on the opening day. It also brought a tombola, with prizes including Lego and other small toys and gifts for lucky winners.
The charity’s pet service co-ordinator, Lynn Higson said: “We’ll be at each film screening selling favourite snacks and drinks with everything costing 50p. The tombola is great fun and at £1 a go and a win every time, children can use their pocket money to help a great cause while also winning some goodies.”
This Wednesday, 2 August, the 2.30pm showing of Boss Baby will be an autism-friendly screening. The team from Breaking Barriers (Northwest) – a charity which supports disabled children and young people, many of whom have autism – will also be at the viewing.
Steph Sherrat and Jacqui Byland, founders of Breaking Barriers (Northwest), said: “We’re thrilled that Crompton Place is offering an inclusive screening with reasonable adjustments to allow children with autism to enjoy the cinema experience.”
Everyone is welcome to attend this viewing, but they must be aware that the lights will be on brighter and the volume lower than other screenings. There will also be a sensory play area if any of the children would like to do something else away from the screen.
Paula concluded: “Crompton Place offers a great day out, with additional entertainment on for the entire summer holidays. Families can enjoy some shopping, a bite to eat and top off a perfect day with a free film.”
The ‘Family Flicks’ pop-up cinema at Crompton Place will be open every Wednesday until 30 August. There will be two showings a day at 11am and 2.30pm, with an autism-friendly screening of Boss Baby on 2 August at 2.30pm. Viewings are free to attend and booking is not required. For the full film schedule, please visit the centre’s events page at www.crompton-place.co.uk.