Monday, August 10, 2009

Things to do in Northamptonshire - Pemberton Projections film screenings

"Pemberton Projections presents... Big Screen Cinema" is an ongoing series of recent and classic movie screenings held at the Pemberton Centre in Rushden, Northamptonshire. The movies are projected onto a screen in the centre's main hall and moviegoers sit informally at tables to watch the film. The bar is open to purchase drinks and snacks before the film starts and during the interval if one is provided. Prices are usually from £5 - £7 with discounts for group bookings, sometimes including food.

Past screenings:
  • Friday 29th May, 3pm: City of Ember (Science fiction aimed at children and young teens, with Bill Murray and Tim Robbins). Cost £5.
Emma and I attended this one. It was a decent enough film, considering its main audience is quite a bit younger than we are, and the atmosphere at the venue was great- friendly and relaxed. The bar was open so that we could buy a couple of drinks, and there were even small tubs of ice cream (of the type you used to get in intervals at the theatre!) available for a decent price (I think they were 50p each).
The film itself was in UK cinemas less than a year beforehand, so it was fairly new, and at £5 the experience was much cheaper than a trip to the cinema (between us, £10 at the Pemberton Centre compared to a potential £14.20 at the Odeon).

  • Friday 29th May, 7pm: Mamma Mia (Musical based on the music of Abba, starring Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth). Cost £7, including 'Pemberton Mezze' (greek snacks such as olives, pitta, humous, salsa etc)
We went to this one too, despite Mamma Mia not being what I would consider 'my bag'. There were more people at this showing, and the average age was older (I think we were the youngest people in the room!) I scoffed myself silly on the mezze snacks (apart from the olives- yuck) and there was plenty to go around. Some people had booked a table for their group; others mingled. We shared a table with a nice mother-daughter pair who we chatted to during the interval. Again, £7 each plus food represents a saving on going to the cinema- it costs more than that for the ticket alone!

Upcoming screenings (correct as of posting date):
  • Sunday 20th September, 4:30pm: Angels & Demons (12A) (Thriller based on the best-selling novel by Dan Brown's sequel to The da Vinci Code, starring Tom Hanks, Avelet Zurer, Ewan McGregor and Stellan Skarsgard). Cost £7 per person (or 7 tickets for £42), including 'Pemberton Lasagne'.
Tickets are available now from

  • Friday 18th December, (time and other details to be announced): It's A Wonderful Life with 'Pemberton Christmas Nibbles'.

More information
  • The Pemberton Centre (Cultural Community Partnerships):
  • Pemberton Projections presents... Big Screen Cinema: