Morgan Freeman (left) and Tim Robbins (right) star in The Shawshank Redemption

Southport’s independent cinema is looking forward to finally ending lockdown and reopening this month – with an iconic movie about a man trying to break out of a prison! 

Bijou Cinema, on Post Office Avenue in Southport town centre, will celebrate being able to welcome back customers with a special screening of The Shawshank Redemption. 

The movie, starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, earned seven Academy Award nominations. 

Southport Bijou Cinema Manager Andy Harrison said: “The Southport Bijou Cinema is back! “Lockdown has been difficult for us all, so we’re super happy to announce we are breaking free of the shackles of lockdown on Monday 17th May with classic The Shawshank Redemption. 

“This beautiful and touching story of the friendship between two prisoners – Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins – is frequently cited as one of the greatest films ever made.

“Social distancing guidelines will remain in place until June 21st, so make sure you book tickets online or on site after the 17th May to avoid the disappointment of reduced capacity seating! “We’ve missed everyone so much and can’t wait to see our audience and celebrate cinema in the community together again.”

Other movies to be screened in May include: 

Tuesday 18th May – Rebecca

Thursday 20th May – The Lost Boys 

Friday 21st May – The Rocky Horror Picture Show 

Saturday 22nd May – Some Like It Hot 

Saturday 22nd May – Withnail And I 

Sunday 23rd May – Billy Elliott

Monday 24th May – Sing Street 

Tuesday 25th May – Summerland 

Thursday 27th May – Big Trouble In Little China

Friday 28th May – Clueless

Saturday 29th May – The Greatest Showman

Saturday 29th May – In Bruges

Sunday 30th May – All About Eve

Monday 31st May – Tenet 

Bijou Cinema Southport, which opened last year in the former Latin Lounge building on Post Office Avenue in Southport town centre, is run by a volunteer-led and not-for-profit Community Interest Company.

Visitors can enjoy a mixture of new, old, classic and indie films. 

Bijou brings cinema to the people of Southport with matinees and evening films include classics old and new, independent films not shown at multiplexes, and dynamic world cinema.

Guests are invited to write their film and arts events requests on the chalkboard in the cafe / bar, as they listen to all recommendations for future programming!. 

Adjacent to the cafe / bar is the Cinema – a raked auditorium with comfortable seats and an Optoma 8,000-lumens projector, plus 5.1 Surround Sound speakers to present an immersive cinematic experience. There are two wheelchairs spaces available, as well as an induction loop system installed.

Upstairs, on the first floor, is an open space for events and parties known as The Lounge. It has a new multi-lighting system with comfortable sofas and easy chairs. Also upstairs is the Media Room for talks, films, or to just chill-out and watch the HDTV. 

For more details about Southport Bijou Cinema please visit: southportbijoucinema.co.uk

For more details and to book tickets please visit: 

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/southport-bijou-cinema

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