Film brings era to an end

By Jon Moreno

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

 

TONIGHT (Wednesday) could be the last chance for Isle of Wight movie fans to see a new feature film screened at Medina Theatre.

The curtain is due to be drawn on the theatre’s regular screenings following tonight’s Medina Movies feature Le Week-End, bringing to an end 22 years of such screenings.

The theatre, which is run by the Isle of Wight Council, would need to spend £28,000 on new digital equipment if it wanted to continue showing the latest films.

The council has said it could not justify spending the money at a time when it was having to make substantial savings across services.

It has said it will continue to try to source films non-digital formats, but Bob Ennis, 82, who runs Medina Movies, said film distributors had stopped producing 35mm prints.

Mr Ennis said: "It’s the end of an era — a sad thing to happen, but there’s always a chance Medina Movies could be resuscitated in the months to come."

Le Week-End is directed by Roger Michell and stars Jeff Goldblum, Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan and tells the story of a British couple returning to Paris to rejuvenate their marriage.

The screening starts at 7.30pm.

Reporter: jonm@iwcpmail.co.uk

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