Thousands of film fans have been through the doors of Corby’s cinema since it opened this summer.
The Savoy cinema only opened to the public on July 31, but has already had about 30,000 admissions with people wanting to catch the latest blockbuster films.
The sheer positivity that has been directed at the cinema and the speed by which it has been adopted by its host community has been overwhelming
Inside Out is the highest selling film with Minions and Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation also featuring in the top 10 films of the year so far.
One of the cinema’s general managers Ian Bowerman said it was a busy time ahead of its opening, but after the preview night for dignitaries from the town and representatives from companies and agencies involved in the construction and planning process, it was time to get down to business.
Mr Bowerman said: “The feeling of unlocking a brand new building in order to let in those who were eagerly awaiting outside, the first cinema in Corby to open its doors in a very long time, was intense.
“After a brief team bonding moment and the obligatory photo with the staff, I unlocked the doors to those waiting and welcomed our first paying audience.”
More than two months since opening, Mr Bowerman said the feedback from customers has been good.
He said: “The sheer positivity that has been directed at the cinema and the speed by which it has been adopted by its host community has been overwhelming, with many people thanking us for choosing to open a cinema in Corby and many more surprised by the quality of the facilities, by the warm welcome and by the price.
“It only took a few days to realise that we already had a core group of regulars, with many others patiently awaiting the release of certain films that they were looking forward to.
“And the business is good - with around 30,000 admissions so far, the attendance levels at the weekends are still rising as more and more people from the surrounding area become aware that we are here.”
Looking ahead, Mr Bowerman said that the film line-up for the next few months is looking good and they will be hosting a number of events as part of Corby Big Film week, which runs from October 10 to 17.
He said the cinema’s birthday party offer has been one of their main successes so far, where parents can book a private screening of one of the current selection of children’s films for up to 25 children and six adults.
The price also includes the use of the function room for up to 45 minutes after the film has finished to exchange presents, cut the cake and play party games.
The cinema’s screens are also available to hire for console parties.
It can be booked for up to two hours for a recommended maximum of eight players to play your favourite console games on the big screen.
In addition to the family offerings,the cinema is equipped to beam in the latest events streamed from the likes of the National Theatre, Bolshoi Ballet and MET Opera.
The most successful one so far was the live link with the Playhouse Theatre in London’s West End for a special edition of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which had people dancing in the aisles.
For film listings and events on at the Savoy, go to http://savoycorby.co.uk/SavoyCorby.dll/Home.
The Savoy’s top 10 films for the year so far:
1 – Inside Out (U) – With nearly twice the number of admission as Minions, Inside out is by far the highest selling film so far and is still going
2 – Minions (U)
3 – Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (12A)
4 - Pixels (12A)
5 - Legend (18)
6 – Southpaw (15)
7 – Fantastic Four (12A)
8 – Straight Outta Compton (15)
9 – Paper Towns (12A)
10 – The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials (12A)