Filmgoers dreaming again at Electric Palace

Colin Firth and Helena Bonham-Carter in The King's Speech, one of the films to be show
Colin Firth and Helena Bonham-Carter in The King's Speech, one of the films to be show

A theatre which once housed the dreams of thousands of film-goers is once again becoming a palace of the silver screen.

Todmorden Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (TAODS) has announced that films will be regularly shown again at the Hippodrome Theatre, Halifax Road, Todmorden, starting with a trio of modern classics this weekend.

Using the name Electric Palace for the film shows, the movies will be shown for free, with audience donations welcome towards the cost of running bthe theatre and the new community cinema.

Having opened as avariety theatre, films were first shown at the Hippodrome from 1909, the cinema closing as a commercial venture in 1956, though in recent years TAODS have organised one-off film shows, such as the screening of Wizard of Oz last Christmas.

TAODS chairman David Winslow said: “We are delighted to be expanding the activities of the society to include the Electric Palace, which with film will provide more entertainment opportunities for local people, including matinees for children, and we hope this will encourage even more Todmordians to come inside this wonderful community-owned Edwardian theatre. We are now investing in a new high-performance screen to complement our cinema quality digital projector, and so further enhance the filmgoing experience.”

The Electric Palace launches on Saturday, February 2, with a weekend of Oscar winners from recent years.

First up is a children’s matinee at 2pm, showing the animated film The Incredibles, where a team of undercoverheroes trying to live a quiet life are forced to save the world.

On the Saturday evening at 7.30pm The King’s Speech, the award-winning story of King George VI, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it, will be shown.

On Sunday, February 3, Slumdog Millionaire, a feel-good movie about a street child in Mumbai winning the Indian version of television’s Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? and being arrested for cheating, directed by acclaimed Olympics 2012 director Danny Boyle, will be screened (7.30pm).

A programme of film weekends is being planned at intervals throughout the year and more information is available on these at www.todhip.org