Tuesday, 18 October 2011

A Halloween Hoot

Support the campaign to save Porthmadog's cinema

If walls could whisper their secrets, then Porthmadog's Coliseum Cinema would have a lot to share. Standing proud since 1931, the distinctive cinema building has been the centre of social occasions, town events, childhood memories, teenage dreams and even film premiers for eight happy decades, and now it needs our help.

Last year, the treasured Coliseum Cinema was facing complete closure, until a group of ambitious, hard-working and dedicated volunteers decided to tackle the closure head on, and launched a campaign to save the cinema.

Phil Creamer is a voluntary Director of the Friends of the Coliseum and a member of the campaign committee, and he was thrilled to tell the Oakeley Arms all about the committee's latest fund-raising .

"We're really excited about our fabulous Halloween event" says Phil. "The 'Spirit Of The Coliseum' Halloween fancy dress party is at the Hercules Hall, Portmeirion on Friday, 28th October at 7.30 p.m."

As well as a well-known local DJ Y Bwgan (aka Carwyn Jones, ex-member of Genod Droog) there'll be a late bar, plenty of spooky surprises and an opportunity to see the premier of a Coliseum themed film by local film-maker Stuart Murray.

"Of course, fancy dress is strongly encouraged" laughs Phil. "There's an additional £2 fine for those in civilian dress!"

Entrance fee is £5 (or £7 without fancy dress). There's also a shuttle taxi service from The Ship Inn in Porthmadog every half an hour from 7.30 p.m up until 10 p.m, costing just £1, half of which will be going to the SavetheColiseum fund.

Phil has been involved with the campaign since it's inception, and believes it's hugely important for the local area. 

"The Coliseum in the right hands can once again be a focal point for the local community, and can also provide a source of entertainment throughout the day for local people and visitor alike. Not only is the beautiful art deco, 1930's building a very important and historic centrepiece for the town but a sympathetically restored and renovated Coliseum will provide jobs and boost the local economy".

What more of an excuse to do you need to party? Have a fantastic Halloween hoot and help a very worthy local cause at the same time. See you there! 

Find out more about the campaign and buy party tickets online at the Save the Coliseum's official website.

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