Cinema revolution on the way

CINEMA-GOERS in Ellon are in for a special treat this week, as the Victoria Hall gears up for its showing of critically acclaimed musical ‘Les Miserables’.

The film, which has taken the box office by storm, will be shown on February 17 at 6pm, and organisers behind the local cinema initiative hope that residents will take the opportunity to come along.

Victoria Hall spokesman Keith Hart told the Times that the management committee are hoping for a good turnout.

He said: “ We are hoping that it will be at least, a successful as the 1st event held on the 2nd January which featured Rise of the Guardians and The Hobbit. The younger generation will be able to see Tinker Bell and the Secret of the Wings at 3 pm and again, this is a recent release and it is hoped that this will prove as popular with young families as was Rise of the Guardians shown last time.

“The Management Committee were hoping to be able to hold the 2nd showing last Sunday on the 10th however, it was revealed that the distributors were not willing to release Les Miserables until later in that week. This was to enable the larger cinema concerns to retain their market advantage.”

The film, based on the novel of the same name by Victor Hugo, set in early 19th century France, follows the exploits of morally-conflicted ex-convict Jean Valjean, who spends his life hunted by militant and morally inflexible government-man Javert. Set against the stunning backdrop of revolutionary France, the film charts a turbulent period in French history, and brings Hugo’s novel to life with musical performances which have received praise from critics and audiences alike.

Keith said: “The Victoria Hall’s partners for the day will again be Film Mobile Scotland Limited who will be utilising their same cinema quality 2k digital projector and Dolby server and sound system, which proved extremely effective last time.

“The projector was able to produce the image onto the whole of wall at the back of the stage thereby negating the need for setting up a separate screen. We are hoping for an even better image this time, as the projection wall has been given a fresh lick of brilliant white paint.

“Sound reproduction is also very important on the day and the Dolby system to be used is capable of calibrating itself to the space once all the seats are in place. This significantly reduces unwanted reverberation and echo.

“The Committee will again be selling ice creams and snacks but the range of goodies available to cinema goers will be significantly enhanced this time as we will be joined by their other partner for the day, Ellon’s The Chocolate Shop.

“Just before the show, the management committee will be asking members of the audience if they would want to become involved with the Ellon Cinema - forming perhaps, a film club or society which can be an autonomous group affiliated to the Victoria Hall. Such as organisation could take over the running of the whole event, selecting the films, advertising, selling tickets etc. However, all will be dependent upon continued - and hopefully increasing - support from the public.”