Plans for second screen at Errol Flynn Filmhouse in Northampton

The Royal & Derngate's, the Errol Flynn Filmhouse. ENGNNL00120130619123413
The Royal & Derngate's, the Errol Flynn Filmhouse. ENGNNL00120130619123413

Plans have been announced for a second screen at the Errol Flynn Filmhouse in Northampton, which has proved to be popular since it opened two years ago.

The Royal & Derngate, which runs the cinema, said 85,000 people had visited the cinema since it opened in June 2013, far higher numbers than had been predicted.

The proposed second screen, which will built alongside the first one, will be of a similar look and style with 88 seats.

There will be a new raised terrace between them, providing an enhanced outdoor seating area for customers to enjoy pre-screening refreshments.

Pre-planning discussions have been held with Northampton Borough Council’s planning team prior to the full application being submitted.

The project is expected to cost around £650,000. The first cinema was funded through grants, sponsorship, financing arrangements and donations from customers.

A Royal & Derngate spokesperson said it is anticipated that funds for the second cinema will be raised from a variety of sources, as achieved previously.

Should planning application be approved, work is expected to start later this year, with the new screen opening in time for summer 2016.

Martin Sutherland, Chief Executive of Royal & Derngate and the Errol Flynn Filmhouse, said: “The positive response and support we’ve had since opening our first screen in 2013 has been amazing, with audience numbers far higher than predicted.

“Having a second screen will enable us to maintain and increase the diversity of our programming, so that we can continue to offer films that range from the more niche documentaries, cult classics and arthouse films to the best of the new mainstream releases. With the second screen we will also be able to present even more films closer to their initial release date.”