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Bury St Edmunds cinema offers free membership to members of closed cinemas




An independent cinema in Bury St Edmunds is offering free temporary membership to members of closed cinemas.

Abbeygate Cinema, in Hatter Street, has launched the initiative to 'preserve the love of cinema' and follows the temporary closure of all Cineworld sites across the UK.

Members of cinemas in Bury St Edmunds and neighbouring towns and cities which temporarily closed are invited to show their cinema membership card at Abbeygate to receive a temporary guest membership for six months.

Abbeygate Cinema, in Hatter Street, Bury St Edmunds is offering free guest membership to customers of closed cinemas. Picture by Mark Westley
Abbeygate Cinema, in Hatter Street, Bury St Edmunds is offering free guest membership to customers of closed cinemas. Picture by Mark Westley

It will give them up to £2 off every cinema ticket and 10 per cent off food and drink in the cinema’s No.4 Restaurant & Bar.

The cinema is open from Tuesday to Sunday each week and its upcoming six-week film schedule includes an 80’s rewind season, classic Sundays, ‘Our World’ documentaries, BFI: London Film Festival titles and 4K specials, with many programmed on its new premier screen.

Andrea Holmes, marketing manager, said: "We are inviting cinema lovers, who currently find their usual cinema closed during these difficult times, to come and join us so that they can continue to enjoy films the way they should be watched, on the big screen.

Pat Church, Chris Peters, Andrea Holmes and members of staff in the new cinema screen. Picture by Mark Westley
Pat Church, Chris Peters, Andrea Holmes and members of staff in the new cinema screen. Picture by Mark Westley

"As we all continue to meet and endure the challenges of Covid-times, some entertainment during the coming weeks is going to be hugely important and I think a trip to the cinema will be something people will want to do particularly as the colder weather and dark nights approach.

"We are saddened by the news that many cinemas are temporarily closing and we want to preserve the love of cinema for their customers until all cinemas are back - open and showing great films on the big screen once more."

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