Community cinema launches at Writtle library

A community-run cinema opened its doors this week after a campaign to discover new uses for Writtle library.

After the Post Office relocated from the library to the nearby Co-op, Essex County Council encouraged the public to come up with community uses for the under-utilised space and Screen on the Green was born.

On Thursday night, the cinema welcomed 40 people for a showing of The Great Gatsby, a jazz-inspired film to coincide with the Writtle Jazz and Blues Festival on Sunday, 30 July.

The not-for-profit cinema is the brainchild of friends Ben Sutherland and Lewis Walsh, who live in the village and first floated the idea at the Writtle Do brainstorming events earlier this year.

Ben said: “We want to offer interesting and affordable cinema to the community and hope that the variety of film choices, combined with the iconic village location, will offer a unique experience to visitors.

“The support we’ve received from residents, local businesses, Essex County Council and the Parish Council has been extremely motivating.

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