Our Centenary Patron scheme is now closed. Let the planning begin!
Thank you to everyone who has become a Centenary Patron this year, in time for the cinema to celebrate its 100th Birthday in 2021. The scheme (which the Friends of the Picture House have kindly administered for us) has raised approaching £3,000 in donations from 72 patrons, all of which will be spent on a tailor-made programme of special events including curated film programmes, silent film with live music, an exhibition, talks, a display of one of our historic projectors, an oral histories listening post and a special extended 2021 Heritage Open Day in September.
When we set the scheme up in April 2020, we promised a big reveal of the year-long centenary celebration events this month and the production of a specially printed souvenir programme, in which all patrons’ names would appear, if they so wished. We weren’t expecting that we’d have only been able to trade for 6 days in the autumn and would head in to 2021 temporarily closed due to the pandemic. We have, however, planned a programme of films and events for next year, but due to ongoing uncertainty about when we will re-open, the dates of all events in the first half of 2021 are very fluid, and so we’re unable to book anything in to the first quarter of 2021 at this stage, and so can’t go to print, yet!
So we’re writing to say a huge thank you to our patrons for your generosity, and to reassure you we will re-open in 2021, and we will run the full planned centenary programme. We would like to apologise for a delay in being able to share the programme with you, but as soon as we have a re-opening date and some certainty that this time we will remain open we will be hard at work confirming all the bookings and producing the souvenir programme.
Wish best wishes,
Rebekah and the Picture House team and the Friends of the Picture House committee.