Hoylake Community Cinema is a volunteer-run organisation operating under the trading name Parade Events, a wholly owned subsiduary of Hoylake Parade Community Centre, a non-profit making registered charity.
We reinvest any profits made into the cinema through various projects, by supporting other organisations and groups, and by transferring surplus funds at the year end to the charity.
We screen films at The Parade, Hoylake Community Centre, which is equipped with a high-quality digital projector and sound system, on a large screen. Seats are comfortable and movable; there is disabled access and a hearing loop. Films are selected on the broad basis of international awards and nominations and critics’ reviews. Each annual season will feature a range of films from across genres: classic, comedy, drama, animation, sci-fi…
After the films, audiences gather in the adjacent ‘PUB’ (Pop up bar) to enjoy homemade food, real ales, wines, teas, coffees and soft drinks. We hold a regular quiz and offer unique prizes.
Our patrons include actors Dai Bradley (Billy Casper in Kes), James Bond actor Daniel Craig and Alex Cox, director of Repo Man and Sid and Nancy among other cult classics..
Our aim is to bring high-quality independent and classic film (or ‘specialist’ film) to the local community and also to create added value events of regional importance that will help put Hoylake on the cultural map.
For example, on 11 November, 2011 we screened Regeneration, a film based on the Pat Barker book, about the War Poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon. The evening was attended by members of the Wilfred Owen Story, and a professional actor dressed in WWI uniform read out under torchlight the enormously evocative Wilfred Owen poem Dulce et Decorum Est before the film. We also enjoyed a world premiere reading by John Gorman of a letter written by Siegfried Sassoon.
We’ve had Q&As with Als’ Lads screenwriter Marc Gee; actor Dai Bradley, who played Billy Casper in Kes; and cult film director Alex Cox.
Each Christmas we feature a ‘Christmas Special’ screening. In 2011, the film It’s a Wonderful Life, starring James Stewart, was shown to a full house of 135 people; a great Sunday afternoon feel-good family occasion with mulled wine and mince pies. In 2014 we screened a live recording of the Mariinsky Ballet’s Nutcracker.
Before screenings, we often read out personal greetings and messages from stars of the screen including Honor Blackman (Goldfinger); Mel Brooks (The Producers) and Akira Kurosawa’s son and film producer Hisao Kurosawa (Rashomon).
In late 2015 we had a Q&A with Roy Boulter and Sol Popadopolous… producers of the Terence Davies masterpiece Of Time and the City, and hope to have Mr Davies himself attending for a future Q&A.
Already in 2016 we have enjoyed a live Q&A via Skype with Chinese d-generation director Peng Tao after a much belated UK premiere sreening of his extraordinarily powerful, low budget film Little Moth.
And in March we welcomed Japanese pianist and composer Mie Yanashita who performed an outstanding live piano accompaniment for our screening of The Passion of Joan of Arc… (she composed and performed the accompaniment on the acclaimed recent Masters of Cinema DVD re-release of the film).
Watch this space for these and more exceptional forthcoming events!