Newcastle Community Cinema Takes On Manager

Exciting shows for autumn at Newcastle Community Cinema

Exciting shows for autumn at Newcastle Community Cinema

The new manager at Newcastle Community Cinema has opened the autumn season with novel daytime screenings.

Newcastle Community Cinema is gearing up for its 2022 autumn season in the safe hands of its recently recruited Venue Manager, Craig Fyfe. His first mission is to lead NCC’s three new daytime threads: Classic Cinema, Baby Film Club and Toddler Club.

From a very strong field of applicants, Craig is delighted to join NCC’s volunteers as its first ever full-time employee. “I love what NCC stands for and I’m proud to be part of it,” he said.

Venue Manager Craig Fyfe (centre) with NCC Trustees (l-r) Lucy Royal-Dawson, Rob Manley, Felicia Matheson & Matthew Grainger.

The new position of Venue Manager became possible when NCC won a grant funded by Future Screens NI, Art Work – Department of Communities Covid Recovery Employment and Skills Initiative. The grant is for arts organisations to employ a full-time staff member for three years.

NCC’s plan is to expand community engagement through its activities. “Craig’s enthusiasm and background in event and venue management made him the perfect choice for NCC as we move into Year 2 of our strategic plan to expand our activities,” said Chair Rob Manley.

Starting in September, Craig will host new daytime screenings aimed at different sections of NCC’s audience. “Many people cannot get to our usual evening screenings for various reasons.

So, NCC is introducing screenings at times convenient to them. Bringing the love of cinema to the community is at the heart of NCC’s mission,” Craig said.

On the first Thursday of every month, Silver Screen features beloved classic films from the 1970s and before for cinephiles who love the golden oldies. September’s offering on Thursday 1st September at 11am is ‘Some Like It Hot.’

NCC’s Venue Manager Craig Fyfe (centre) with NCC Trustees (l-r) Rob Manley, Felicia Matheson, Lucy Royal-Dawson & Matthew Grainger

Baby Film Club is for parents and guardians wanting to see recent releases but cannot bring the baby along. Safe in the knowledge everyone is in the same boat, movie lovers can bring their babies of under a year to watch fresh titles every second Wednesday at 2pm.

The sound volume will be lower for sleeping tiny tots and crying is not a problem. The new ‘Elvis’ bio-pic (2021) is set for Wednesday 7th September.

Toddler Club presents a U-certificate film followed by structured play or movement for 1-4 year olds accompanied by a parent or guardian. Scheduled for every third Tuesday at 10am, September’s Toddler Club features ‘The Gruffalo’ followed by a Gruffalo craft activity.

These new activities add to NCC’s expanding programme which is already underway with its monthly Relaxed Screenings for young people with neuro-diverse conditions, screened in association with Autism Support Kilkeel and the regular NCC Markets promoting local producers and crafts-people’s wares.

Being a full-timer at NCC, Craig is looking for more ways to support community activities at the centrally located cinema on Newcastle’s Main Street.

“We’re open to ideas and opportunities to work together with local groups to make the most of this wonderful community resource,” he beamed. He can be contacted on:

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