Every last Friday of the month, Leigh Film Society hold a film screening at the Derby Room, Turnpike Centre in the town of Leigh, Lancashire.
Last month I went along for the very first time to watch Whiplash, a film which our writer Courtney Button absolutely praised and a film I’ve been itching to see since its release.
Leigh Film Society is a welcoming community with a brilliant vibe about it. For £3 a screening or £12 membership for the year (which works out at a cheap-as-chips £1 per screening), you get to watch a movie in a comfortable, friendly environment with fellow film enthusiasts.
Tea, coffee and soft drinks are available to purchase at the venue and are very reasonably priced. Guests are also welcome to bring their own alchohol to consume during the night and I witnessed a few who’d brought their own bottles of wine to enjoy, glasses included!
The doors open at 7pm with the film starting at 7.30pm. Wherever you sit, you get a fantastic view of the film and the chairs are laid out to approximately three to a table which means you have somewhere to rest your beverage.
Before the film, each table were given a quiz sheet featuring photos from various movies. Before the film began, we were quizzed on which films these stills were from. I must admit it was great fun to test our film knowledge and was something which really got the audience warmed up ready to start watching the movie.
The film society’s choice of movie was spot on and I thoroughly enjoyed it as it seemed did everybody else. Of course, not all films are going to be to everyone’s taste but looking at what the rest of the year has to offer it seems like the event organisers have picked a wide range of titles that have had critical or popular acclaim.
If you live in the Leigh area or within travelling distance, Leigh Film Society’s monthly screenings are well worth checking out. As a Leyther myself, I’m pleased and proud that members of our town have come together to bring a much-needed film presence to our community. The town will also be celebrating its third annual film festival later this year too but if you can’t wait til then, here’s what Leigh Film Society have lined up for the rest of 2016:
- Friday 29th April 2016 – ’71
- Friday 27th May 2016 – Notes on a Scandal
- Friday 24th June 2016 – Macbeth
- Friday 29th July 2016 – Dodgeball
- Friday 26th August 2016 – Three Short Films (tbc)
- Friday 30th September 2016 – Lore
- Friday 28th October 2016 – What We Do In The Shadows
- Friday 25th November 2016 – Far From The Madding Crowd