Taking a walk IN the Red Carpet
By midlandsmovies, Feb 7 2014 04:47PM
Midlands Movies checks out a new cinema in the region which is trying some things very different to the massive multiplexes.
Located at the beautiful Barton Marina and with free parking (thank god!), cinema goers can also peruse other shops and a gentle stroll around the water before eating brunch, lunch or dinner in the cinema’s Cafe Bar.
Co-owner, Kate Silverwood had a love for Grand Designs and big homely projects, so it was over 5 years ago when her and her partner set out to build a 2-screen cinema. The focus was on a relaxing and peaceful environment and this romantic idea was slowly fulfilled with a big dose of optimism despite some hiccups with many rounds of planning permission, over 53 (!) changes to the architectural plans and the almost obligatory multi-mortgage to help finance it.
Many, including themselves at some point, thought they were bonkers. But as their project came to a close and the cinema almost completed, it felt very special to finally have the building finished and they even placed a time capsule of drawings of films by local school children under the foyer – copies of which are in the bar itself.
With a focus on the personal, for seven days a week, the cinema offers a “Film and Food Night Out” which consists of a two course meal in the cafe followed by the film of your choice for under twenty pounds and all daytime films (scheduled before 5pm) are just £5 per person, it’s the small touches that have set the cinema apart from the franchise rivals.
Kate explained that there are Baby Wednesday screenings which cater for parents and toddlers whilst Sunday noon classics have included Roman Holiday amongst others. For the adventurous the inclusion of “Snoozles” (low sofa type seats) at the front of the screen now allow for much more comfort if sitting close to the screen but be careful not to fall asleep as they can be almost too comfortable.
I can higly recommend the retro style and warmth of this cinema and advise all readers to go and check it out to ensure we continue to have friendly community-based independent cinemas for years to come.
To book film, food or both, please call the cinema on 01283 716257. The Red Carpet Cinema, Barton Marina, Barton under Needwood, Staffordshire, DE13 8AS
View the making of the cinema on this YouTube video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyRw0aM4Jcg&feature=player_embedded