Concerts set to be beamed in to cinema

wet  Wetherby's Cinema owner Ray Trewhitt with the new projector.  (121126M1c)
wet Wetherby's Cinema owner Ray Trewhitt with the new projector. (121126M1c)
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Wetherby Film Theatre is all set to roll on phase two of its move into digital screening.

Owner Ray Trewitt said that, following a £50,000 conversion from film to digital, the independent cinema is set to screen its first live satellite showing of concerts this weekend.

And it starts with “The King of Waltz” Andre Rieu whose concert from Maastricht will be beamed into the Wetherby cinema on Saturday night.

“Ticket sales have been phenomenal,” said Mr Trewitt who has run the Crossley Street 138-seat purpose built venue for six years with his wife Irene.

“We have sold out for the live show on Saturday and are going to show an encore on Sunday night which will be recorded.

“Sunday has just about sold out too.”

Following on from this will be a live broadcast of Carmen, from Australia, on July 27, with other concert dates lined up for September, through to next January.

“With this Wetherby could have its own little opera house,” said Mr Trewitt.

“It is the next best thing to having its own theatre.”

Since going digital earlier this year Mr Trewitt said the move had been welcomed by customers, along with a licensed bar.

“It was a case of invest or close because of the switch from film,” said the former carpet salesman.

“But we have had a cracking start to the year.

“Ticket sales for Les Miserables went through the roof.

A special charity showing will take place at the Wetherby cinema tomorrow night.

Architect Neil Platt died from Motor Neurone Disease at the age of 34, leaving behind a wife Louise and a baby son.

But before the fatal day they invited a film crew into their home to document his final days.

Neil’s story has inspired two local charities to work together to provide enhanced services for MND sufferers in the Harrogate District.

Saint Michael’s Hospice and the Yorkshire Dales branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) have now set up the area’s first MND specialist to co-ordinate care.

They are hosting a special screening of I Am Breathing at Wetherby Film Theatre tomorrow, Friday July 12, at 7.30pm.

The screening will also include a special question and answer session with Louise and the Saint Michael’s MND specialist Corinne Spence.

Tickets are £7. For more details or to book call the cinema on 01937 580544