As we are sure you know, The Corn Exchange remains closed because of the ongoing Covid-19 situation. The Trustees will be responding to Government advice as it develops, but it is expected that the closure will be for some time yet.
Biggar Little Cinema would like to thank all our supporters for their patience and understanding during these unusual and difficult times. We await further news about the closure of The Corn Exchange, and we trust that we may be able to safely show films at some time later this year.
Readers of our Facebook page will know that we have been running an occasional series featuring movie trivia which we hope bring a little light relief. Here’s another addition to our collection of strange movie facts.
The Great Escape, made in 1963, is one of the best known American epic World War II films, starring Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Donald Pleasence, Charles Bronson and James Coburn. It is an account of the mass escape by British Commonwealth prisoners of war from German POW camp Stalag Luft III.
The cast of this classic includes one genuine WWII Prisoner of War. In real life, Donald Pleasence, who plays RAF Flight Lieutenant Colin Blythe, served with the RAF during the war. He was shot down in 1944, and was imprisoned for a year in a Stalag Luft.
Donald Pleasance volunteered with the RAF in Autumn 1940, after the attacks upon London by the Luftwaffe. He served as aircraft wireless-operator with 166 Squadron in Bomber Command, with which he flew almost sixty raids against the Axis over occupied Europe. On 31 August 1944, his Lancaster NE112, was shot down during an attack upon Agenville, and he was captured and imprisoned in the German POW Camp Stalag Luft I. Pleasence produced and acted in many plays for the entertainment of his fellow captives. After the war and his release, he was discharged from the RAF in 1946.
Our 2019/20 Season of Films
Just to remind you of the wonderful films we showed last season, we had another excellent line-up - an Oscar and BAFTA-winning drama, two Oscar-winning true-life stories, a British biographical comedy-drama, a charming animated aventure and a wonderful British comedy. Please click on the posters below to read more about each film.
About our Films
We conducted a detailed audience survey at the end of our first full season, asking viewers which of our films they had especially enjoyed, and the type of film they would like to see in the future.
We have been informed by these comments, and have borne them in mind when selecting titles for our screenings. Hence, our objectives are to choose up-to-date films, many of them award winners, with a wide audience appeal, as well as films which we believe offer something a little unusual, and hence of special interest to cinemagoers.
Biggar Little Cinema was founded in February 2011, and is run as a community cinema on a non-profit basis.
As a not-for-profit organisation, our aim is to disburse all the surplus from our screenings as charitable donations, to local organisations and Rotary projects. So far, with your help, we have raised over £30,000.
We also aim to provide the opportunity for members of an isolated rural community to enjoy good films without having to make a round trip of 60 miles or more to the commercial cinema.
Our films are shown in high-resolution digital quality, and projected using the latest digital equipment on to a full-size cinema screen. To match the exceptional quality of our picture, our sound is Dolby stereo using high definition loudspeakers. The Corn Exchange is well-known as an excellent venue, with very comfortable cinema-style seating and a cosy atmosphere. A full bar is available both before and after each screening, with a lounge area for relaxing and chatting with friends. All in all, Biggar Little Cinema offers a perfect location - and all proceeds go to support local organisations and Rotary projects.
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