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Talks on film sequel

PUBLISHED: 13:42 06 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:21 23 August 2010

NEGOTIATIONS are continuing to decide whether further cinema screenings are to be staged in the borough s premier theatre. In January last year, Gravesham Borough Council launched Monday Night at the Movies, showing films for a trial period at Woodville

NEGOTIATIONS are continuing to decide whether further cinema screenings are to be staged in the borough's premier theatre.

In January last year, Gravesham Borough Council launched Monday Night at the Movies, showing films for a trial period at Woodville Halls once a month.

A spokesperson for the council revealed discussions had been held with an operator which could also provide outdoor screenings during the summer months.

During the trial period, screenings included High School Musical 3 and the James Bond blockbuster Quantum of Solace. The trial period came to an end in July, as part of the Big Seven Festival's Iconic Film Night.

A council spokesperson said: "Throughout the autumn, discussions have been ongoing with two new operators, one of whom could also offer outdoor screenings in the summer months.

"These negotiations continue. We are unable to disclose any details of these potential operators or screenings at this time."

The film night was launched five years after Gravesend's only big screen, the EMD cinema in King Street, closed following a steady decline in customers.

The cinema was destroyed by fire in January 2006.

Bench cash

MORE than £50,000 of government funding is due to be used to improve the appearance of the town.

Gravesham Borough Council cabinet is expected to agree to the refurbishment of street furniture next Monday.

Councillors will discuss the plan to improve benches and litter bins and address the issue of pavements stained by chewing gum.

Signs for pedestrians have been highlighted as an area due for improvement. The potential use of temporary toilets for major town events will be considered.

The meeting - open to the public - is at 7pm in the civic centre

Salty tales

LOCAL artist and historian Ted Rashbrooke is to give a talk on Gravesend and the Merchant Navy.

Mr Rashbrooke is following up on last year's well-attended lecture by providing a morning of anecdotes and facts about life at land and sea.

The talk, costing £3, is to be held at Towncentric Tourist Information Centre, near St George's Shopping Centre, Gravesend, from 11am on January 20.

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