Silver screen stars at Mexborough club

Ian Parks, Andy Pickering and Dominic Somers at the Cosy Cinema.
Ian Parks, Andy Pickering and Dominic Somers at the Cosy Cinema.

Drinkers at a Doncaster club are being offered the chance to watch classic films with their beers.

The free films are being shown once a month at the Concertina Band Club in Dolcliffe Road, Mexborough, as part of the Cosy Cinema project.

The scheme has been made possible after event support Doncaster Community Arts secured funding from Film Hub North.

Films have already been shown at the club in recent months and the cash windfall means the screenings will continue for at least the next 18 months.

Landlord and town councillor Andy Pickering said: “The screen is about 12ft by 8ft and has curtains on either side so it looks really authentic. I believe its the first cinema screen to be in Mexborough since the 1970s.”

Dominic Somers, arts supporter for Doncaster Community Arts’ Right Up Our Street project, said: “This is fantastic news for the people of Mexborough.

“The cinema events we have run to date have proved very popular and we are now looking forward to scheduling in a wide mix of films over the next 18 months. We are extremely grateful to Film Hub North for this funding.

“In addition to this funding, we’ve also been successful in gaining funding from BFI Neighbourhood Cinema, a new fund for the BFI, for audio visual equipment.

“This will mean that we can provide a great quality experience for all of our community visitors.”

The next film to be shown will be Frank, a comedy-drama based on the character Frank Sidebottom, on Thursday, August 27, from 7.30pm onwards.