Council creates community cinema

A new film club is opening at the Albert Halls in Bolton on Sunday 15 January aimed at attracting families into the town centre at weekends.

The council said the interim measure is needed whilst it is continues talks with cinema operators about bringing a permanent venue to the town.

Leader of Bolton Council, Cllr Cliff Morris, said: "We have a perfect ready-made venue in the Albert Halls. We are still working to secure a cinema operator for the town centre but in the meantime we are going to trial this for a few months as we think this could be a good short-term solution."

Cinema operators are in talks at the Church Wharf site, the joint venture between Ask Developments and Bluemantle. The developers are currently reworking the master-plan to accommodate the cinema.

The Albert Halls season will open with a screening of Puss in Boots, and will be followed Puss in Boots will on 12 February by Alvin and the Chipmunks 3: Chipwrecked.

The Albert Halls can seat 500 people. Tickets cost £4 for adults, £2 for children and £10 for a family of four. Refreshments will be available to buy.

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