Movie fans are in for a treat at the Kinema in the Woods as bosses at the iconic picture house look to open a third screen and auditorium.
The two-screen venue in Woodhall Spa dates from 1922 and is famous for its organist who entertains audiences during intervals. The addition of a third screen would enable it to show a wider range of pictures including art-house films and stage events such as autism-friendly screenings and film festivals.
A third screen would mean that the venue would no longer be limited to what they can do. They would be able to put on a wider range of special events like film festivals and show more art house films as well as submitted screenings for the hard of hearing and autism-friendly screenings. It is important to stress that it is an addition to the existing building and it will be done sympathetically with the history of the Kinema in mind.
Screen one has a capacity of 231 seats and a second screen added in 1994 has 92 seats. The cinema has seen admissions rise by more than 75% in the past five years and it is full to the brim every week. The proposed third screen would also have 92 seats and means that the Kinema would be able to show more films on their actual release dates.
It would be situated to the right of the front of the building and the plan includes some minor alterations to the foyer in order to create access to the third auditorium. The 70-space car park is also due to offer an additional 108 spaces.
The cinema is only able to show alternative films in the second auditorium which results in the business missing-out on some films that audiences would like to see. The cinema can often miss out on showing films on release dates, as many films are released on the same date, which as an outcome, results in audiences visiting alternative venues and the Kinema losing-out on return business.
At a time when there are more films than ever being released, as well as it being more important to show films on their release dates, this introduction of a third auditorium will significantly increase the number of films that the cinema can show on their release dates. Start dates for the work to begin on the third screen at the venue will be decided pending the planning permission.