The Picture House Cinema and Restaurant is back in action in Uckfield – and there’s a new VIP lounge to enjoy as you watch a film.
The Lounge was unveiled on Wednesday night with the first of two special screenings of Skyfall just for members.
The second screening was last night and now The Lounge is open for public bookings.
On Saturday and Sunday a re-cut version of The Godfather Part III will be shown there.
There are comfortable, reclining seats, and The Lounge has its own menu, you order food and drinks and they are brought to you as you relax.
Before the latest lockdown the cinema had settled into a new routine and owner Kevin Markwick was happy with the way things were going.
Audiences were interested in re-runs of National Theatre shows and Netflix films too, such as Rebecca, were well supported.
He is pleased to be showing a new Netflix film, Mank, by David Fincher, of Se7en, Panic Room, and Social Network fame, too. It tells the story of Herman Mankiewicz the screenwriter involved in developing the script for Citizen Kane.
The best of news for Kevin is knowing that Wonder Woman 1984 is to be released on December 16.
This will be the first big Hollywood studio picture since Tenet.
But in the meantime the Katherine Jenkins Christmas Spectacular is attracting bookings as is The Prom musical.
Across the road The Picture House Restaurant re-opened yesterday. The restaurant did well through lockdown keeping the business afloat with click and collect takeaways, and Kevin becoming a delivery driver.
He says it’s going to be a very different Christmas this year. Normally by December 1 the restaurant has 5,000 bookings, but he is confident now that the whole business will survive.
He told Uckfield News: “There is enough in the tank to get us to the spring. There is no reason for us not to survive. Even if we have to close again, that doesn’t mean we won’t survive.”