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Local Film-Maker Sarah Macmillan's Documentary '100 Years At The Ritz Cinema, Thirsk'

Made to celebrate this year’s centenary '100 Years at the Ritz Cinema, Thirsk' is a documentary celebrating the cinema from the times of founding-father Walter Power in 1912 right through to the current remarkable volunteer-run success of today.The film documents not only the centenary of the cinema but also the story of film and cinema itself and takes a nostalgic look into history capturing the atmosphere of very early cinema through silent movies to the first ‘talking pictures’ and onto the present day. Interviewees tell of the fun and excitement of the children’s Saturday matinees; with sweets and choc ices sold by the girls with the trays, through to fond memories of romance in the courting seats of the back row!The cinema’s recent past and the volunteer group’s legacy is well covered. Also included is a rare glimpse of life in the projection room during the final days of film – now the film reels have been replaced with industry standard digital equipment even these most recent of details have become an important living archive.The film is at once amusing and entertaining, exciting and moving – much like the cinema experience itself, and is one which all cinema audiences will appreciate and enjoy.The volunteer group is very grateful to Sarah for the immense amount of work she has put into this excellent feature and is looking forward to sharing this important archive with as many people as possible, fittingly, on the big screen!'100 Years at the Ritz Cinema, Thirsk' will be premiered to the volunteers and supporters at a private viewing on the evening of Sunday 15th April and will then be shown publicly from Monday 16th through until Thursday 19th of April as a supporting feature to ‘Red Dog’ an Australian comedy drama.The film will be shown at other times throughout the centenary year – keep an eye on the cinema’s flyer and web-site for details. Sarah Macmillan is a film-maker specialising in heritage documentaries and short films made throughout North Yorkshire who began making films on a voluntary basis in 2006. She has made over 50 short documentaries covering all aspects of our region’s heritage. Three of Sarah’s films ‘The fishing Town of Redcar’, ‘A trip to Redcar’ and ‘Zetland, the Redcar Lifeboat’ are on permanent display at the Zetland Lifeboat Museum in Redcar and her films have been shown at Whitby Coliseum Cinema (Whitby In Shorts Film Event) and Saltburn Film Festival amongst others. This particular film took Sarah some 16 months to complete including four months of editing alone. Ultimately Sarah would like to be able to find funding to be able to make film-making her full time career.Sarah has also generously allowed the cinema to reproduce the film in DVD format and it will be available to purchase for £5 from the cinema box office.Any art-centres, historic or film societies or other interest groups that would like to show this; or any other of Sarah’s films, should please contact her direct via her website  where more of her cinematic handiwork can be seen.


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