Northampton filmhouse poised to open second screen next month

Chief executive Martin Sutherland outside the Errol Flynn Filmhouse.

Chief executive Martin Sutherland outside the Errol Flynn Filmhouse.

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Film lovers are set to see Northampton's largest independent cinema double in size next month when it opens a second screen.

The 83-seat extension to the Errol Flynn Filmhouse in Derngate is nearing completion and will begin showing the cream of world and independent cinema on April 7.

Picture courtesy of the Errol Flynn Filmhouse.

Picture courtesy of the Errol Flynn Filmhouse.

Chief Executive of the Royal & Derngate and the Errol Flynn Filmhouse, Martin Sutherland, said: “We are very excited to see our second screen getting its finishing touches and are looking forward to it opening in April.

"We are grateful to our partners, Arts Council England, Carlsberg and Northampton Borough Council for their support for this next phase.”

The Errol Flynn Filmhouse first opened next door to the Royal and Derngate in June 2013, and has since seen 170,000 people use its 88 leather reclining seats.

The £650,000 new cedar-clad building looks similar to the previous screen, but has a new raised terrace and an "enhanced outdoor seating area."

The Errol Flynn Filmhouse.

The Errol Flynn Filmhouse.

A spokeswoman for the the filmhouse said the new screen will continue showing "the very best in the world" of independent, British and mainstream films.

The first films programmed for the new screen will go on sale shortly.

Local film enthusiasts and businesses have been offered the opportunity to sponsor a seat in the new screening room.

To find out more, visit the cinema’s website www.errolflynnfilmhouse.com or email jo.ibbotson@royalandderngate.co.uk.