Peak Film Society reels in audiences

The venue for the Peak Film Society, the Partington Theatre, Henry Street, on Glossop.
The venue for the Peak Film Society, the Partington Theatre, Henry Street, on Glossop.
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Lights, camera, action! As the curtains lifted on the opening film of the season, the Advertiser chatted to the people behind the Peak Film Society.

Formed in Glossop in the late 1990s by individuals with an interest in film and projection, the group offered a solution to the lack to commercial cinema in the town.

But, as early as 2000, the club, whilst financially sound, faced a crisis. With dwindling resources and manpower they advertised an emergency summit.

Chairman James Robey, one of ten members on today’s voluntary committee, attended the meeting and shortly afterwards found himself running the organisation.

The 39-year-old, a patent attorney from Manor Park View, said: “Back then we were projecting from 16-millimetre film, but as the format was going out of use, most new releases were not available.”

In 2002, the volunteers successfully obtained local and lottery funding, enabling them to buy new digital projection and sound equipment.

The not-for-profit group screen films at the traditional Victorian Partington Players Theatre, which has raked seating and can accommodate 100 viewers.

Volunteer Catherine Holland, 37, of Hadfield, who initially joined as the projectionist, said one of the most popular films in the society’s history was the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

She said: “Anything with Judi Dench fills the house out. We show a range of films but people always love the ones with British actors.”

If you are interested in volunteering, contact info@peakfilmsociety.org.