Outdoor Cinema a Hit in Street
Film fans braved the summer showers this weekend to attend the first outdoor film festival in Street organised by Strode Theatre. Over 500 visitors enjoyed three nights of films on the big screen, in the grounds of the Grange, a Grade II manor house in the heart of Street which is home to the Alfred Gillett Trust.
Mamma Mia! kicked off the festival, with visitors singing and dancing along to the hits of Abba. Family favourite Jurassic Park saw Clarks Village reverberate to the sound of dinosaurs, with The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel rounding off the festival on Sunday night.
The Alfred Gillett Trust is an independent charity which was set up to preserve the cultural history of shoemaking in the Street area and beyond, and has its archive and reading room at the Grange. Visitors were treated to cinema adverts from the 1960s as part of the evening entertainment, giving a taste of what the archives from Street have to offer.
Natalie Watson, Interim Director of the Alfred Gillett Trust said, “Our collaboration with Strode Theatre shows how community groups can work together to create interesting cultural events for the people of Somerset. This is a great addition to the various events the Trust are planning which we hope will increase access and awareness of the fantastic collections we have on our doorstep here in Street.”
New Strode Theatre Manager Fares K Moussa said “I am delighted to have been able to offer this first short programme of outdoor films in partnership with the great team at Alfred Gillet Trust. The grounds of the Grange make a perfect location for events like this. Our hope is that we can develop this event over the years to provide wider communities with great summer outdoor arts and entertainment.”
The team would like to thank all the volunteers who helped make the event a success, as well as St John’s Ambulance for providing support and local producers House’s Cider from West Pennard.
Strode Theatre has a packed programme of cinema and live broadcasts and full details can be found at www.strodetheatre.org.uk or by ringing 01458 442846. For more information about the Alfred Gillett Trust, conact us.