Abbeygate Cinema in Bury St Edmunds appoints familiar face as new general manager
The newly-appointed general manager at a popular independent cinema in Suffolk has promised to ensure the venue remains an 'integral part of the community'.
Gareth Boggis is a familiar face to regulars at Abbeygate Cinema, in Bury St Edmunds, having served as front of house manager during the cinema's expansion and the Covid-19 pandemic.
As the venue's new general manager, Gareth said that while he wanted to evolve the Abbeygate experience, it would not lose its identity and their focus was on showing 'the most diverse selection of films possible'.
Meanwhile, newly improved parent and baby screenings are back weekly, 'discover' films return on a Tuesday as well as the previously popular 'you pick it, we play it' and the cinema will host Pat's Film Club featuring Pat Church, who has worked at the cinema for more than 50 years.
Gareth said: "With my previous work experience ranging from starting at Bury St Edmunds Library as a mere boy, to working in a range of retail outlets, it is invaluable to have the support and experience of Pat to call on.
"Nobody better reflects all the best qualities of Abbeygate like Pat and it is a source of great pride to carry on his work."
The pandemic, while a challenge, gave the cinema's team an opportunity to stop and reflect on the venue's future.
Proud of the traditions which have kept customers returning to Abbeygate, Gareth said he looked forward to maintaining those qualities but evolving to welcome a new generation into the cinema's new state-of-the-art premier screen.
"With its 4K laser projector, it is, not just in my biased opinion, the best screen in East Anglia, let alone Suffolk allowing us to show Marvel films and blockbusters that we simply weren’t able to before," he said.
"As well as these new films it will also enable us to enhance the experience of those visiting for our live shows, bringing a new quality and enjoyment to the likes of Andre Rieu."
He added: "I want to ensure that Abbeygate Cinema remains an integral part of this community, shown by our use of local suppliers where we can, and we hope to form strong relationships locally.
"Whilst there are lots of changes due in the near future, on a national level, I hope you will be assured that we will proceed with caution and take each step forward with your safety and the safety of my team at the forefront of my thinking.
"To a bright future."