Saturday, 30 July 2016

Friday night at the Empire Cinema, Sandwich.

Empire Cinema at night.

Yesterday being the last Friday of the month we went to the Empire Cinema in Sandwich for their Classic Cinema presentation in the downstairs lounge. The cinema is an art deco building in the centre of this small town. 

It opened in 1937 but was extensively altered internally about twenty years ago when the auditorium was divided to provide two screens and a lounge, thankfully, much of the art deco detail was retained.

Peter Sellers and Richard Attenborough in Trial and Error.

Last night's film was a black and white classic: Trial and Error, also released as The Dock Brief. It starred Peter Sellers and Richard Attenborough and is based on a play by the Rumpole author, John Mortimer. A film based on a play always stands out by the quality of its dialogue and this was augmented by the performances, particularly that of Richard Attenborough as the mild mannered murderer who just wants to plead guilty. A good story, excellent dialogue and skilled actors: three qualities which are hard to find in present-day films.

If you are in the area of Sandwich on the last Friday of the month, pop along to the Empire Cinema and enjoy their Classic Cinema presentation.

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