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Movie Lovers Given Great Double Treat In Castle Grounds
Outdoor cinema in Tamworth has reached a five-year milestone with sell-out crowds continuing to enjoy top films being shown on the giant screen in the grounds of the town's medieval castle. Following on from the success of last year's cinema double bill of Dirty Dancing and The Lost Boys, the 2017 event held on Saturday 5 August was once again a sell-out, with all tickets to the screenings of Pretty Woman and The Goonies being quickly snapped up by movie fans.
Despite terrible weather earlier in the day, the skies brightened over Tamworth's Castle Grounds in time to enjoy the fifth outdoor cinema event organised by Tamworth Borough Council. The first showing, at 9.15pm, was for the 1990 movie Pretty Woman which starred Richard Gere and Julia Roberts. And the stars then came out in the midnight sky for the screening of 1985 comedy adventure film The Goonies. Audiences enjoyed watching the double bill of classic movies on a big screen in the great outdoors, accompanied by wood-fired pizza from the Artisan Street Food Company and drinks from Corey's Bar, which included themed cocktails.
People flocking to Tamworth Castle Grounds for the outdoor cinema
Since first being introduced by Tamworth Borough Council's Arts and Events team five years ago, the annual Outdoor Cinema has become a firm favourite on the local authority's programme of outdoor events. For the last two years, the film selection choice has been put to a public vote. This year, more than 1,100 votes were cast to give Pretty Woman and The Goonies the top spots on the big screen, which sits in the Castle Grounds close to Tamworth town centre and the Ankerside Shopping Centre.
Pretty Woman proved a big hit with the cinema audience
Councillor Joy Goodall, Tamworth Borough Council's Cabinet member for Environment and Culture, said: "I'm delighted to hear that the Outdoor Cinema organised by the Arts and Events team was a roaring success again with more than 1,300 people enjoying a summer evening in the park, watching some fantastic movies on the big screen. Feedback has been amazing and it seems the addition of the quality food and drink took the experience to an even higher level. We'll be looking forward to continuing this success and I would encourage anyone who missed out this year to keep an eye out for news on the 2018 event next spring."
Richard Gere pulls in the crowds to Tamworth Castle Grounds