THE first weekend of this year’s Regal by the River outdoor cinema event in Henley has been hailed a success despite the cancellation of its Friday screening.
Iain Boulton, duty manager at the Regal Picturehouse in Boroma Way, said there were a “few technical glitches” with the sound at the planned screening of The Great Gatsby in Mill Meadows.
Customers were offered a refund or given the chance to attend another screening.
The Great Gatsby, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio, was shown on Sunday instead after organisers took the decision not to show Singin’ in the Rain which underperformed in sales, selling around 10 tickets, said Mr Boulton.
He added: “We made the decision to change it because there was a higher demand for The Great Gatsby on the Friday.”
Around 50 people attended the screening on Sunday night but Saturday was the most popular evening with 250 tickets sold for Eighties cult classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
It’s the second year the event has been staged and Mr Boulton said: “We’re giving movies to the town and trying to be part of the community. Doing outdoor events like this is quite good and hopefully every time we put it on people get a nice experience out of it. Hopefully next weekend we should see high audiences again.”
A raffle was held, with two tickets up for grabs for the Sunday at the Rewind Festival in Henley. The weekend, which was held in partnership with Peroni Nastro Azzurro Piccola, also featured a bar as well as food by Facing Heaven.
Films being shown this weekend include The Grand Budapest Hotel today (Friday), where 150 tickets have been sold, Grease tomorrow (Saturday), where around 120 have been bought, and Casablanca on Sunday, which has seen more than 60 tickets already snapped up.
Doors open at 7pm and the films start at 9.15pm or at dusk.
Tickets are £10 full price, £8.50 members and concessions. They can be booked in person at the Regal Picturehouse, online at www.picturehouses.co.uk or via the phone line on 0871 902 5738 (calls cost 10p per minute from a BT landline).
How to Train your Dragon 2 (PG)
Voices of: Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett and Djimon Hounsou
This sequel starts five years on, when Hiccup and Toothless are living in a Viking Utopia. Trouble looms when they learn of a tyrant who captures dragons to build his army.
A thrilling sequel, though possibly a little scary for the real teenies.
The 100-year-old Man who Climbed Out of a Window... (15)
Starring: Robert Gustafsson, Iwar Wilkander, Mia Skaringer, Alan Ford
Felix Hemgren’s second feature is a dark Scandinavian comedy about a centenarian who disappears from his nursing home into a seedy underworld.
This film is consistently amusing with an underlying tension and affection for its characters.
WITH the eyes of the world on Scotland for the hugely successful Commonwealth Games, Bohun Gallery focuses on Glasgow in its current exhibition Scottish Art Today.
Glasgow has a long association with turning out world-class artists, and Bohun Gallery is presenting some of the younger artists who are starting to make a name for themselves in the contemporary art market.
Adam Kennedy, winner of the Aspect Prize in 2010, is a Glasgow-based contemporary artist whose work reflects his childhood growing up next to the River Clyde and the decline of shipbuilding.
Neil MacPherson, a member of the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Glasgow Institute, has exhibited at Bohun Gallery since the late 1980s and his minutely detailed paintings inspired by Scottish folklore continue to charm and engage visitors to the gallery.
Established graduates of Glasgow School of Art and household names are also included in the show. There is a selection of works by John Byrne RSA, not only a successful artist but also a BAFTA award-winning film-maker. Stephen Conroy graduated from Glasgow School of Art to unprecedented acclaim in 1986. Since then, his brooding, anonymous images of figures have made him one of the foremost figurative artists in Europe, and Bohun Gallery has a selection of his masterful prints.
This major show will bring together some of the best-known and most influential Scottish artists and sculptors working today and those who shaped the direction of Scottish art during the second half of the 20th century. Bohun Gallery, in Reading Road, Henley, first started showing Scottish artists over 25 years ago and has since become one of the leading representatives of Scottish art in the south of England.
The select group of artists who have been invited to participate in Scottish Art Today have submitted work which celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of artistic practice alive in Scotland today.
The exhibition runs until August 16. For more information please visit www.bohungallery.co.uk or call 01491 576 228.