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What is the Leiston Film Theatre Support Club?

The Leiston Film Theatre Support Club is an independent group, founded in November 1992 to raise funds to improve the facilities and interior décor of the Leiston Film Theatre, Suffolk’s oldest purpose built working cinema, which first opened its doors on the 27th October 1914. (Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council owns the venue and is responsible for the main fabric and exterior of the Film Theatre)

Through numerous fund-raising activities and social events, the Club provides financial assistance towards the many improvements made at the venue.

Set the Stage

In 2006, the Support Club embarked on its first ambitious project ‘Set the Stage’ with a fund-raising target figure of £33,000, to totally revitalise the stage area for live shows and cinema presentations.

This project included the provision of a new sound system, upgraded new lighting, new stage curtains and a new scenery storage area with additional dressing room facilities.

With generous support from individuals, companies, grants and our own substantial fund-raising efforts this project was successfully completed in July 2009.

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.

Digital 3D Project

In January 2010 the ‘Digital 3D Project’ was launched to provide the venue with the very latest in 3D digital projection at a cost of £75,000, enabling the Film Theatre to screen the latest films in a pristine digital format and in 3D when available.

The Town Council initially set aside £25,000, with the Club donating a further £10,000.

To enable the installation to proceed the Council secured a low interest loan of £40,000 payable over five years, with an understanding the Club would continue to raise funds with a view to helping meet the repayments over five years.

Digital 3D cinema came to Leiston Film Theatre in September 2010 and with excellent support the Club paid off the entire loan 6 months early.

Behind the Scenes

Before embarking on our current project the Club financed new drapes throughout the auditorium.

Our latest project ‘Behind the Scenes’ has so far provided new sound and visual equipment which includes a sound relay to the toilets during a film screening and sound and visual relays to the dressing rooms during live shows which allows performers to monitor activities on stage.

The next phase, which is due to be undertaken shortly, is to provide LED up-lighting and microphones to enhance live show performances.

For further details about the Support Club and to see what events we have coming up Click Here.

Membership

Membership of the Club is open to any person, on completion of a membership application form and payment of the annual subscription fee, which is currently £6.00.

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 fund-raising 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 Club 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 or by post via e-mail at LFTSC@leiston.info or by contacting the Club Membership Secretary, Michael Hill, 45 Garrett Crescent, Leiston, Suffolk. IP16 4LF. Tel: 01728 830514.

If you would like any further information please contact the Club Membership Secretary at the above address.

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Coming Events

Unless stated otherwise, ticket information from 01728 831714 or tickets@leiston.info

Please make any cheques payable to “Leiston Film Theatre Support Club”

BACS details:- Leiston Film Theatre Support Club Sort code 20-16-12 Account number 13227073

ANNUAL BARBECUE
FRIDAY 15th JULY – 7.00 pm – KNODISHALL VILLAGE HALL

Unfortunately we have decided due to lack of ticket sales to cancel this event.
GRAND DRAW
Draw tickets will be on sale at the Leiston Co-op on Friday 16th, Saturday 17th and Saturday 24th September. If you are able to cover an hour or two hour slot it would be most appreciated. Please telephone Lesley Hill 01720 830514.
The draw will take place at the concert below.
THE BUDDY HOLLY AND EVERLY BROTHERS TRIBUTE CONCERT
WEDNESDAY 5th OCTOBER – 7.30pm – LEISTON FILM THEATRE
The concert which is being held in aid of the Club, features two hours of classic hits from four top tribute acts including Buddy Walker as Buddy Holly and The Temple Brothers as The Everly Brothers. This group has performed at the Film Theatre before and has been well received.
Tickets: £14.95, Concessions £14.50 Support Club Members £13.95 on production of a club membership card (at box office only). Tickets Available from: www.leistonfilmtheatre.co.uk or from the box office
QUIZ
FRIDAY 14th OCTOBER – 7.30pm - LEISTON TOWN ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

NOTE NEW DATE AND VENUE
The questions are being compiled by Wayne & Becky and members of the Support Club Committee and will include rounds on T.V., film, general knowledge, a true or false round, music, trivia, sport, comedy and Suffolk. So it should prove to be a fun night. Tickets: £3 per person, with a maximum of 6 per team are available from the Film Theatre on 01728 830549 or online:-

PRIZE BINGO
FRIDAY 28th OCTOBER – SIZEWELL SPORTS & SOCIAL CLUB
Wayne will be the master of the balls. If past bingo evenings are anything to go by you will be guaranteed an entertaining evening. More details nearer the date.

Unless stated otherwise, ticket information from 01728 831 714 or  tickets@leiston.info

Recent Events

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
SATURDAY 12th MARCH 10.30 am - LEISTON FILM THEATRE
This was attended by 21 Club and Committee Members.
Committee For 2022-2023
Mrs Lesley Hill (Chairman), Mr Stephen Ginger (Vice Chairman), Mrs Pat West (Secretary), Mr Richard West (Treasurer/Joint Publicity Officer), Mr Michael Hill (Membership Secretary/ Joint Publicity Officer)
Committee Members
Mrs Ann Bennett, Mrs Margaret Butcher, Mr Brian Ginger, Mrs Tessa Ginger, Mrs Linda Hodgson, Mrs Jackie Kingston, Ms April Lawlor, Mrs Zena Massey and Mrs Joan Whale.
Two committee members, including one of long service, had stood down since our previous AGM. One former committee member returned but no new committee members came forward and only two people offered to help at events, when they can. It is getting increasingly difficult for the committee to operate bearing in mind that many of us have been members for a long time and none of us are getting any younger. We do understand that committees are not for everyone but we are a friendly group of like minded people. If you wish to know what being a committee member for the LFTSC involves please give Lesley Hill – Chairman a call on 01728 830514.
Alternatively, if you are willing to help at events such as selling draw tickets, setting up for events etc. the Chairman would also be pleased to hear from you.
In my other role as Membership Secretary, I have advised the committee that I will be standing down as from this post at the next AGM. I have been on the committee since 1994 and held various posts but will remain as a committee member.
We need your support!
‘PUT THAT LIGHT OUT’
FRIDAY 25th MARCH - LEISTON COMMUNITY CENTRE
Our first event for two years was an enjoyable lecture with Magic Lantern slides and Gramophone recordings given by Richard West explaining and clarifying the duties and responsibilities of the ARP Warden Service during the Second World War. Richard’s lecture also included information regarding Leiston during this time together with a comprehensive display of artefacts and photographs. 32 people attended and the evening raised £240.00 after expenses.
COFFEE MORNING
SATURDAY 30th APRIL - LEISTON UNITED CHURCH
This was held in conjunction with the United Church’s usual coffee morning. The event was publicised via posters and with the help of Wayne Burns on social media. This resulted in a large number of welcome donations of cakes from both club members and the community and we thank everyone. It was a real boost for the event. The weather allowed for the new bi-fold doors to be open giving access to and from the new church garden which a number of people took advantage of. Cheeky the Chimp also made an appearance and was a popular visitor and not just with the children! The Coffee Morning raised £300.
THE QUEEN’S PLATINUM JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS, LEISTON
FRIDAY 3rd & SATURDAY 4th JUNE
This was organised by the Leiston Events Group for the town and visitors to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The Club ran a promotional stall on the Saturday and made an early start selling draw tickets as part of the Club’s 30th anniversary later in the year.
The stall also included displays of magazines, replica and original artefacts from the Queen’s Coronation in 1953 collected by Richard West who had specially shaved off his beard so that he was able to adopt an impressive impersonation of Winston Churchill complete with suit, homburg hat and cigar. This attracted a number of visitors to our stall with several requests to take photographs of Richard which he was happy to do.

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Committee

Your Committee

Chairman – Lesley Hill

Vice Chairman – Stephen Ginger

Secretary – Pat West [EMAIL]

Treasurer – Richard West [EMAIL]

Membership Secretary – Michael Hill [EMAIL]

Joint Publicity Officers – Michael Hill/Richard West [EMAIL]

Ann Bennett

April Lawlor

Brian Ginger

Jackie Kingston

Joan Whale

Margaret Butcher

Tessa Ginger

Zena Massey