It’s all about the big screen in new year

The latest film in The Hobbit series is likely to be a big hit on South Holland Centre's big screen.

The latest film in The Hobbit series is likely to be a big hit on South Holland Centre's big screen.

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Once the pantomime fairy dust has settled in the New Year, much of January will be devoted to screening some of the best films of the year.

This is the much vaunted “Oscar corridor” in film distribution and, along with the summer holidays, the November to January period is often when the awards hopefuls are released.

At the South Holland Centre, which is a part-time cinema, we manage to squeeze in about 300 films screenings a year, mixing cinema with our busy programme of live shows.

As with live events we offer our audience variety.

So you will find Hollywood blockbusters alongside the latest foreign language releases. Family films, especially in school holidays, alongside home-grown comedies like the latest Harry Hill movie.

There is a loyal matinee audience for many films, and we run film matinees on Tuesdays and Saturdays whenever we can.

There are many regulars who enjoy combining a trip to the market, a cup of coffee in the Centre Café, and an afternoon at the cinema – good value with matinee tickets just £5.

For people with a wider interest in film, the centre’s fortnightly Monday Movie Club provides a great chance to see interesting independent, documentary, classic and world cinema releases.

Introductions, reviews and discussion are all part of this slot, which runs more like a Film Club event.

Students are particularly encouraged with a discounted ticket of just £3.

The film screenings for January and February are already confirmed and the listing can be picked up from the centre, or perused on the website.

Already selling fast are: the Judy Dench and Steve Coogan hit Philomena; The Butler; Saving Mr Banks; Mandela The Long Walk to Freedom; the latest of the Hobbit trilogy, The Desolation of Smaug; and the family animation Frozen.