Specsavers Connswater has launched a partnership with Strand Arts Centre to benefit east Belfast’s older population.

Silver Screenings, the weekly movie classics at the East Belfast landmark cinema had to be suspended due to a lack of funding, but will now resume thanks to support from Specsavers Opticians and Audiologists in Connswater.

Silver Screenings promises some real classics from Hollywood musicals to film noir, and from melodrama to 50s romantic comedy. The season begins with The Seven Year Itch starring Marilyn Monroe. Forthcoming titles include The Seven Year Itch, The African Queen, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Tootsie, Paper Moon and Singin’ in the Rain.

Commitment to improving lives

Specsavers Connswater director Lynsey Caldwell said: ‘As we are just down the road from the Strand Arts Centre, Specsavers Connswater is delighted to be involved with this project that will really benefit East Belfast’s older population.' 

‘We have a commitment to improving the lives of the community in which we operate, and are very pleased that our support has made these screenings possible once more at Strand Arts Centre. And we’ll be able to actively engage with audiences about services that may benefit them.’

Trip down memory lane

Strand Arts Centre Chief Executive Mimi Turtle said: ‘We are thrilled the projectors will roll again on our Silver Screenings thanks to our new partnership with Specsavers.

'As so many of today’s new film releases are targeted at younger audiences, these Silver Screenings of classic films from primarily the 1940s to 1970s provide the perfect opportunity to engage with this older demographic.’

‘These screenings are not just a chance to watch a classic film, but also for older audiences to meet and interact, enjoy a social experience and take a trip down memory lane.’

With Silver Screenings taking place on Thursday afternoons, they are expected to be popular with those used to attending cinema or theatre for matinee performances.

For more information on Silver Screenings, visit www.strandartscentre.com

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