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Movies galore at top venue

PUBLISHED: 18:04 27 May 2009 | UPDATED: 10:43 23 August 2010

FILM fans can enjoy monthly movies at the borough s top venue until the end of the year after the council decided to extend a four month trial run. Following the cinema s launch at the Woodville Halls, Windmill Street, Gravesend in January, the council s

FILM fans can enjoy monthly movies at the borough's top venue until the end of the year after the council decided to extend a four month trial run.

Following the cinema's launch at the Woodville Halls, Windmill Street, Gravesend in January, the council said it has proved popular with residents.

It will now continue to show films every month until the end of 2009, and next month will feature Gravesend's own Gemma Arterton in the hit comedy The Boat that Rocked, and the highly anticipated sequel to the Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons.

David Turner, deputy leader of Gravesham Borough Council said: "We have been quite pleased with the attendances, and we have been regularly getting between 100 and 140 people.

"A longer run until the end of the year will give us the chance to see whether we need to invest more into it, with regards to buying equipment and investing for the future and making it a permanent fixture.

"We want to get the people of Gravesend into a cinema going habit, and we will be trying different sorts of films over the next few months to get people in. If residents want it, then they need to show their support and come and visit."

The scheme was announced in November 2008, and followed a Reporter campaign to bring a cinema back to the town when the derelict former picture house in King Street, Gravesend was destroyed by fire.

Kieron Butler, 15, of St Georges Crescent, Gravesend, also campaigned for a cinema to return to the town, and collected more than 5000 signatures in support.

Speaking at the launch of the scheme in January, he said: "I think what they have done is unbelievable. It shows the young people of Gravesend that the council are listening to them."

The Boat that Rocked, which is based on the pirate radio stations of the 60s, is due to be shown on June 22 at 6pm. This will be followed by Angels and Demons, starring Tom Hanks from 8.30pm.

Tickets are £6, for adults, and £4 for under 14s. Why not see two films in one evening for £10 adults and £6 under 14s.

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