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Monday, 18 July 2011 (3016873)
Village cinema wins wide audience
by David Simister

A FILM buff's haven in Parbold is attracting cinemagoers from far and wide.

Supporters of the Parbold Picture House, which has been based at the village hall since its opening two years ago, told The Champion that a consumer survey carried out last Sunday revealed that many audience members are not only from outside the village, but also from outside the West Lancashire borough.

Cinema crew member Clare Gillard said:“The range of responses we had through the consumer survey was remarkable, and it turns out we're getting a lot of support from further afield, with some of our visitors coming from as far afield as Wigan, Warrington and parts of Sefton, which I think is absolutely tremendous.

”It goes to show that things at the Picture House are really looking very promising, and you can see that from the phenomenal response we had in the survey, and not just about the mainstream films we show.“

In the survey the cinema, which regularly screens films from a variety of genres at its base on The Green, was praised for its community spirit, the amount of independent films shown and the lack of advertising during screening, due to film trailers being absent at the Parbold venue.

The cinema film crew have also said that they are investigating the possibility of streaming live events at special showings in future, and have this week revealed their latest season of films, which will see seven films shown in the West Lancashire village between now and October.

For more information about Parbold Picture House either send an email to or get in touch by calling 01257 464533.


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