Pilton Cinema takes a Summer Holiday
"We're all going on a summer holiday. No more cinema for a week or two".
After 4 years of operation, Pilton Cinema is closed for July and August and will re-open on 30th September with a suitable blockbuster. As soon as we have decided on the first film of the new season we will let you know so watch this website for details.
|Friday 30th September at 7.45pm||The choice of film to start the new season will be announced as soon as we have made it! Watch this space!|
For trailers visit the Pilton Cinema Trailers page.
Why not help us and yourself with a
Cinema Supporters Card
For regular Cinema Supporters, there’s a really good deal the
Cinema Supporter's Card
only £30 for
12 films in
12 months starting in September
As well as saving you money, buying this will help us with securing the finances of Pilton Cinema. Please ask at a showing or contact us for an application form.
And the feature films you have recently missed!
The Danish Girl (June)
Inspired by the true story of Danish artists Einar Wegener and his wife Gerda, this tender portrait of a marriage asks: What do you do when someone you love wants to change? It starts with a question, a simple favour asked of a husband by his wife on an afternoon chilled by the Baltic wind while both are painting in their studio. Her portrait model has cancelled, and would he mind slipping into a pair of women's shoes and stockings for a few moments so she can finish the painting on time. "Of course," he answers. "Anything at all." With that, one of the most passionate and unusual love stories of the twentieth century begins.
Bridge of Spies (May)
The 1960 U-2 incident which is the background to this film happened during the Cold War on 1 May 1960, during the presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower and the premiership of Nikita Khrushchev, when a United States U-2 spy plane was shot down whilst in Soviet airspace. The aircraft, flown by Central Intelligence Agency pilot Francis Gary Powers, was performing photographic aerial reconnaissance when it was hit by a surface-to-air missile and crashed in Sverdlovsk. The U-2 flew at very high-altitudes, above the flight ceiling of any Russian fighters. Powers parachuted safely and was captured.
Initially the United States government tried to cover up the plane's purpose and mission, but was forced to admit its military nature when the Soviet government came forward with the captured pilot and remains of the U-2 including spying technology that had survived the crash as well as photos of military bases in Russia taken by the aircraft. Coming roughly two weeks before the scheduled opening of an east–west summit in Paris, the incident was a great embarrassment to the United States and prompted a marked deterioration in its relations with the Soviet Union. Powers was convicted of espionage and sentenced to three years of imprisonment plus seven years of hard labour but was released two years later on 10 February 1962 at the Glienicke Bridge (above) during a Berlin prisoner exchange for Soviet officer Rudolf Abel.
The award-winning film of this Cold War spy story was directed by Steven Spielberg, and stars Tom Hanks, Alan Alda and Mark Rylance. Mark Rylance won the 2016 Oscar for Best Supporting Actor with his portrayal of Rudolf Abel, the Soviet Intelligence Officer in the exchange. The film was also nominated for Best Motion Picture, Best Original Screenplay and three other awards.
For a list of films shown see Previous Films page.
How Pilton Cinema came about
Pilton Cinema has brought to reality the idea of Pip Cartmell, more years ago than she can remember, of a Community Cinema in the heart of Pilton. A grant from Awards for All towards the projector, plus contributions from the Big Pilton Quiz, the Discos and Bingo held in the Hall plus money from Pilton Church Hall Committee helped bring her idea to fruition in 2012. Pilton Cinema is fully licensed by Filmbank to screen films which costs £99/film, hence the need to charge for entry.
The Pilton Cinema is normally a 'last Friday of the month' event with films of many different genres including comedy, drama, silent, thriller, musical, foreign language and more - see Forthcoming Attractions. We are going to break that rule at Christmas this year when we move the film Walt Disney film 'Frozen' from Friday evening to Saturday afternoon because Friday is Boxing Day. We hope you don't mind!
If you want to know what else you have already missed, see Previous Films. We want to satisfy the interests of as many as possible of the 5,000 people who live in the village and a few more besides. Please feedback your ideas and tell us what you would like to see by going to our Feedback form. Contact us through the Contact page if you would like us to send you an email reminder.
And if you would like to find out more about films and the film industry follow this link to the icons of a number of organisations on the Links Page of the website.
Pilton Church Hall can seat 100 people who will be able to watch a cinema quality projection in comfort.