Community cinema Saffron Screen reopened in September following a hiatus due to Covid-19. The team has been hard at work ensuring that the cinema is safe to reopen, implementing new measures including one-way systems, spread out seating, cleaning between screenings, reduced capacity in the auditorium and temperature checking for staff and customers on arrival.
“The safety of our customers, staff and volunteers is a priority”, explains Saffron Screen’s Business Manager, Jenny Hemsley. “We want everyone to fall back in love with the big screen experience. We know that not everyone will be able to come back straight away, so will be continuing our popular online programme, but the team is really excited to welcome back those that can come. We are very grateful to the community for their continued support throughout this crisis and we hope Saffron Screen can remain at the heart of the community for many years to come”.
Coming up for October is Hope Gap, which stars Annette Bening and Bill Nighy as a couple separating after 29 years together, and Love Sarah, a charming drama about a young woman determined to open her late mother’s dream bakery in Notting Hill, with the help of her eccentric grandmother (Celia Imrie). Keep an eye out for Rocks, too, which offers moving portrait of family dynamics and friendship, through the eyes of a group of schoolgirls. Other highlights include Monsoon, director Hong Khaou’s follow-up to 2014’s beautiful Lilting, plus family favoutites including Sonic The Hedgehog and Dreambuilders. Screenings take place at Saffron Hall, a performance venue in Saffron Walden, with 200 seats, Dolby Digital surround sound and both 35mm and digital projection equipment. Ticket and refreshment prices are kept low to benefit all and parking is free.