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From the early days of silent cinema, through the golden age of the picture palace to the modern multiplexes and beyond, The Final Reel takes an affectionate and entertaining look at our nations’ obsession with cinema. 

This feature length documentary narrated by celebrated actor Sir John Hurt tells the fascinating story of how cinemas and cinema-going have developed and flourished over the years – even in some of the most rural parts of England. Along the way we will meet some of the colourful characters that are a key part of this narrative and hear the tales of how they kept the audience coming back.

For many people their local cinema is their favourite place in the world, their second home, and their last community space. The Final Reel is a film that celebrates local cinemas – past and present – and our timeless obsession with the buildings, films, film stars and the people that spend their lives in-thrall of them.  The Final Reel features a mix of actuality, interviews and archive material and offers an entertaining overview of the history of cinema-going in Norfolk and a snapshot of cinema-going in England today. It also asks the question; Is this the Final Reel in the story of cinema or just another chapter in its continuing development?

The Final Reel will be screening at Cinema City from Friday 9 September. There will also be a special screening with a post film Q&A with director Jonathan Blagrove, Producer Marc Atkinson and author and cinema historian Stephen Peart on Saturday 10 September at 3.30pm. Tickets can be purchased via the Picturehouse website.

Thank you to all our supporters including: John Norton, Anwen-Rees Myers, Emma Atkinson, Colin Rogers, Mark Williamson, Mrs B.M. Blagrove, Darren Bender, Julie Blagrove, Daniel Partridge, Matthias Neumann, Mike Hutchinson, John Norton, Kelsie English, Stephanie Potts, Barry Cushing, Sarah Cushing, Tim Cawkwell, Helen Cogman, Mr Jon Dracup, Paul Vazquez, Chris Mills, Tim Snelson, Leon Davey, Mellissa Beeken, Tracy Humphrey, Lisa Bellamy, Anna Blagrove, Chris Wildish, Claire Chapman, Christopher Mills, Joe Mooney, Phillip Yaxley, David Oldfield, Maureen Dodman, Les Woods and Sheila London, Lyn and Richard Hitchins, Les King, John and Peggy Jarvis, Mrs Jean Clarke, Michael Armstrong, Wymondham Ex Services Club and everyone else that chose to remain anonymous!