The Leiston Film Theatre Support Club is an independent group, founded on 28th November 1992 to raise funds, promote, support, encourage and develop the use of the Leiston Film Theatre, Suffolk’s oldest purpose built, working cinema, which first opened it’s doors on the 27th October 1914.
Through numerous fundraising activities and social events, the Club provides financial assistance towards the many improvements made at the venue.
Our ‘Set the Stage‘ project was launched in 2006 and completed in 2009. At a cost of nearly £33,000, this project has greatly enhanced the Film Theatre’s capability to stage quality live shows.
The Club also raised funds in 2008/09 for improvements to the enlargement of the Film Theatre foyer, which was officially opened in April, with a plaque in memory of Peter Free, who was a much regarded former Film Theatre manager.
Our last initiative was the ‘Digital 3D Project’. In 2010 the Theatre installed a state of the art projection system at a cost of £75,000, enabling it to show the latest films in a digital format and in 3D when available.
The Town Council initially set aside £25,000 with the Club agreeing to pay a lump sum of £10,000 towards the project. To get the project immediately under way the Council secured a low interest rate loan of £40,000, payable over 5 years, with an understanding the Club would continue to raise funds with a view to helping meet the repayments.
The Club has paid the agreed £10,000 and has met the instalments of the loan.
Digital 3D was launched at the Film Theatre on Friday 24th September 2010 with a screening of Piranha 3D.
At the Town Council meeting on Tuesday 4th November 2014, a cheque for £8,315.72 was presented by the Club Chairman, Lesley Hill to Tony Cooper, the Chairman of the Council. The excellent support the Club has received during the project has enabled the loan to be paid off 6 months early.
Our current project is ‘Behind the Scenes’ which will provide new sound and visual equipment for the Film Theatre. This includes a sound relay to the toilets during a film and sound and visual relays to the dressing rooms during live shows. The latter will allow performers to monitor stage activities.
In the last 10 years alone the club has funded £100,000 of improvements to the Film Theatre.
Membership of the Club is open to any person, on completion of a membership application form and paying the annual subscription fee, which is currently £5.00. Membership runs from 1st March to the last day of February.
Club members are entitled to reduced admission to most Club events, regular bulletins on Club activities, including reports on fundraising and donations to Film Theatre projects, advance bookings for some Film Theatre live shows and invitations to attend exclusive social events for members and their guests.
As a valued member you will be helping to secure the vital future of the Leiston Film Theatre for the benefit of the local and surrounding community.
Support Club membership application forms are available at the Film Theatre Box Office, via email or by contacting the Club Membership Secretary, Michael Hill, 45 Garrett Crescent, Leiston, Suffolk. IP16 4LF.
If you would like any further information please contact the Club Membership Secretary at the above address.
Aims of the Support Club:
To help promote the uses that the Film Theatre may be hired for, such as: the showing of special interest films, private screenings, live bands, plays, conferences and other events.
To help improve facilities and interior décor. (The Town Council is responsible for the main fabric and exterior of the Film Theatre)
The Club has been formed to make all this possible through a programme of regular fundraising events.
To hold social events for Club members and their guests that provides vital promotion and fundraising for the Film Theatre in the process.