ALL the free film screenings to be shown in the vintage Movie Bus during the North Devon Festival will also be celebrating the North Devon Coast Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty 50th anniversary. Restored in North Devon, the rare 1967 mobile cinema is

ALL the free film screenings to be shown in the vintage Movie Bus during the North Devon Festival will also be celebrating the North Devon Coast Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty 50th anniversary.

Restored in North Devon, the rare 1967 mobile cinema is now touring schools and communities showing newly digitised historic films and archive footage of the county, which haven't been seen for many years.

On Saturday, 'Sootbombs and Blazing at the Barrels', which has already attracted a lot of excitement because it includes some very rare 1930s footage, will be screened between 11am and 4pm at the Lynton & Lynmouth Music Festival.

Animations will be shown at the GoldCoast Oceanfest, Croyde on Friday, June 18 together with Aimhigher, who promote higher education. 'A Tale of Two Rivers', a film about the Taw & Torridge Estuary, will be on offer during the day at Tapeley Park on June 19 and repeated during the evening of June 22 at Instow Cricket Club.

The Movie Bus will also be at the South Molton Olde English Fayre on June 20; the Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe, on June 26 (2-6pm) and Ilfracombe College Open Day (12-4pm) on June 27.

Delighted to be a part of the AONB's 50th anniversary programme, Emma Giffard, Movie Bus Project Co-ordinator at the Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon said: "The Movie Bus project is about looking at the fantastic resources we have in North Devon, such as our beautiful landscape and amazing community, seeing how they were in the past and how they have been shaped into what we see today.

"As much of the footage hasn't been seen for 50 years or longer, it fits very well into the golden anniversary celebrations. We're excited about being able to take these films to the rural communities within the AONB, as one of our main aims is to bring a cultural experience to even the furthest flung reaches of North Devon."

The only surviving vehicle from the original fleet of seven, the 22-seater Movie Bus is based on a Bedford SB3 with a bizarre plastic dome above the driver's cab and is nearly the height of a double-decker bus. Mobile cinemas were part of then Minister of Technology Tony Benn's plan to visit factories and workplaces showing new technologies.

The Movie Bus Project is a collaboration between the Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon, North Devon Theatres Trust, the South West Film and TV Archive (SWFTA), the Bill Douglas Centre of Exeter University and the Vintage Mobile Cinema. It is supported by the Regional Investment Fund England (RIFE) through the UK Film Council's Digital Film Archive Fund, administered in the South West by South West Screen.

Details about the North Devon Coast AONB can be found on www.northdevon-aonb.org.uk. Check www.moviebus.org.uk for an up to date calendar of film screenings and venues - new dates are being added all the time.