Video: Bideford Cinema hosts final 35mm screenings

Bideford Cinema volunteers William Isaac and Martin Corfe with the 35mm film reel.

Bideford Cinema volunteers William Isaac and Martin Corfe with the 35mm film reel. - Credit: Archant

A chance for film lovers to see the projection equipment working before it is replaced with its digital counterpart.

Volunteer Martin Corfe setting up the 35mm projector.

Volunteer Martin Corfe setting up the 35mm projector. - Credit: Archant

BIDEFORD Cinema is preparing for its valedictory 35mm performances with a chance for people to catch a last glance at the specialist equipment.

The screenings at Kingsley School on Friday and Saturday, and Bideford College on May 2 and 3 will have an ‘open door’ policy for the projection room.

Visitors will have a chance to see the equipment running before it is replaced with a new digital projector, and talk to volunteers during the film.

Bideford Cinema volunteer William Isaac said the screenings would mark ‘the end of an era in cinema history’.

He said: “Potentially these screenings will be the last time that people in North Devon will have the opportunity to see a film on general release shown in this way.

“I can only liken it to the passing of the age of steam, where the number of steam locomotives seen in North Devon declined steadily over a fairly short period, and then there were none.

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“In some ways this is akin to that time in relation to cinema.

“It’s an opportunity to see the old working alongside the new, and assess at first hand the different qualities and characteristics of the two.

“I feel anyone with the slightest interest in film or history cannot fail to be drawn to the opportunity to witness this.”

The screening at Kingsley School will be of 300 Rise of an Empire and Bideford College will show A New York Winter’s Tale.

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