Underground cinema opens this week

By Michael Upton | 05/02/2018

Underground cinema opens this week
Craig Roberts, education director and company manager with Alice Bartlett, artistic director

FILM fans are in for a treat this week as a new cinema opens - 27 years after the projector last stopped rolling in the town centre.

Rotherham Underground, which will also stage theatre productions, launches with a screening of Suffragette tomorrow (Tuesday).

You can find it in the former Turf Tavern bar on Corporation Street.

The show starts at 7:30pm but doors will open at 6:45pm.

Rotherham’s last cinema was the Cannon, on High Street, which closed in 1990.

Alice Bartlett, artistic director of Rotherham Underground, said: “We believe that enjoying great films is a wonderful way of bringing people and communities together.

“Our debut season celebrates community activism, cohesion, and the power of individuals to make a difference far beyond their own lives. 

“We are also celebrating Yorkshire, and screening great films from or about Yorkshire for different generations to discover or remember together.”

The cinema will have a state-of-the-art screen and sound system, traditional refreshments, and an intimate friendly atmosphere. 

A youth theatre company is already up and running and company manager and education director Craig Roberts said there were “tremendously

exciting plans for how the venue will grow and develop”.

He added: “This is the perfect place to see a film and we are really thrilled to be opening this venue in Rotherham.”

Future films scheduled include Kes, Pride, The Full Monty, Selma, Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Still the Enemy Within.

Visit www.rotherhamunderground.com for full listings and more information.