Second screen for Errol Flynn Filmhouse

Following on from the success of the Errol Flynn Filmhouse, opened two years ago by Royal & Derngate, the theatre has submitted a planning application to build a second screen alongside the first.

The Errol Flynn Filmhouse, named after one of the Royal’s most famous alumni, first opened its doors to the public in June 2013, and has since built up a loyal following, welcoming nearly 85,000 people over the two years, providing a first class cinema-going experience with its 88 luxurious leather reclining seats.

The proposed second screen is being designed by One17, the same architects and interior designers responsible for the existing cinema. The new building will be of a similar look and style, with 88 seats of the same design as the original, running parallel to the current Errol Flynn Filmhouse, with a new raised terrace between them, providing an enhanced outdoor seating area for customers to enjoy pre-screening refreshments.

Pre-planning discussions have been held with Northampton Borough Council’s planning team prior to the full application being submitted.

The project is expected to cost around £650,000. The first cinema was funded through grants, sponsorship, financing arrangements and donations from customers. It is anticipated that funds for the second cinema will be raised from a variety of sources, as achieved previously.

Should planning application be approved, work is expected to start later this year, with the new screen opening in time for summer 2016.

We will continue to host the very best in world, independent, British and mainstream film, across the two screens, along with live screenings and other alternative content.

Martin Sutherland, Chief Executive of Royal & Derngate and the Errol Flynn Filmhouse, said: “The positive response and support we’ve had since opening our first screen in 2013 has been amazing, with audience numbers far higher than predicted. Having a second screen will enable us to maintain and increase the diversity of our programming, so that we can continue to offer films that range from the more niche documentaries, cult classics and arthouse films to the best of the new mainstream releases. With the second screen we will also be able to present even more films closer to their initial release date.”

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