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Abbeygate Cinema, in Hatter Street, Bury St Edmunds, holding special screening night to raise funds

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An independent cinema in Bury St Edmunds, which The Guardian argues is one of the best in the country, is holding a special screening to kick off a three-month fundraising effort.

Abbeygate Cinema, in Hatter Street, is holding its Celebration Event on September 25 to raise vital money for the next part of its development, which includes much-needed toilet facilities in the foyer.

The night will entail a special screening of La La Land, with drinks and canapes on arrival.

Pat Church, manager at Abbeygate Cinema. Picture: Mecha Morton.
Pat Church, manager at Abbeygate Cinema. Picture: Mecha Morton.

Guests will then be taken in to the premier screen, which opened last July, to watch the film.

The celebration evening will be the first time the premier screen has been able to hold a capacity crowd.

Pat Church, resident cinema legend, will also be on hand to welcome and chat with guests who will be encouraged to dress smart and bring a ‘Red Carpet’ feel to the occasion.

The restaurant in the Abbeygate.
The restaurant in the Abbeygate.

Gareth Boggis, general manager, said he was excited to announce the next step in the cinema’s journey.

"Like many businesses, we have been through difficult and uncertain times in recent months but it’s with great excitement that we’re able to plan our next steps into the future," he said.

He added: "We have always been so grateful and humbled by the support of our customers and we hope that their commitment continues as we endeavour to raise some much-needed further aid through fund-raising initiatives.

"We will be re-instating our Building Blocks fundraising project along with a special raffle with great prizes.

The premier screen at Abbeygate Cinema.
The premier screen at Abbeygate Cinema.

"So, keep an eye out for further information soon on how you can be involved.’’

Andrea Holmes, marketing manager, said alongside sales for the most recent Bond release going well, the new fund-raising project was the most positive the cinema team had been in months.

Tickets for the special screening cost £10, with the option to donate more.

All profits will go towards the cinema's fund-raising project.

For more information go to: https://abbeygatecinema.savoysystems.co.uk/AbbeygateCinema.dll/

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