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General release films in July include Yesterday, Toy Story 4 and more...


Those wishing to help with restoration and lighting of some of the heritage features of the century-old auditorium are invited to donate via alhambra-restore-the-glory


The Northern Ballet 8.00pm Tuesday 2nd July

Queen Victoria’s love for Albert sparked a royal dynasty but his untimely death brought the world’s most powerful woman to her knees with grief. In her bicentenary year, this major new production from the Northern Ballet brings her story to life in dance, revealing the often-conflicting faces of one of Britain's most iconic monarchs, told through the eyes of her youngest child and lifelong companion Beatrice.


The National Theatre Live 7.00pm Thursday 4th July

Based on Andrea Levy’s prize-winning novel, this epic new theatre adaptation embarks on a journey from Jamaica to Britain, through the Second World War to 1948 – the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury. In three intricately connected stories - Hortense yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica, Gilbert dreams of becoming a lawyer and Queenie longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots - hope and humanity meet stubborn reality as the play traces the tangled and moving history of Jamaica and the UK.

FINAL ASCENT (12A) 8.00pm Friday 5th July

Legendary mountaineer Hamish MacInnes is no stranger to a challenge. He has pitted himself against the elements and conquered the highest peaks. More recently, he fell ill, was declared a danger to himself and sectioned. Final Ascent follows his determination to regain his freedom, reclaim his past and reconnect with old friends like Michael Palin. The viewer shares every step of his remarkable journey in this gripping and poignant documentary.


The Twenty Tour Live from Croke Park 8.00pm Saturday 6th July

Westlife are back! It’s been 20 years since they smashed into the charts in 1999 with ‘Swear It Again’ and went on to achieve a staggering 14 number one UK singles. The final show of the UK and Ireland leg of the tour will be broadcast LIVE to cinemas from Dublin’s iconic Croke Park stadium.


Plus Q&A with live content 7.00pm Saturday 13th July

Ron Howard's documentary celebrating the life of the beloved opera star Luciano Pavarotti. The 1990 World Cup was the moment opera left the elite and hit the masses: the three tenors’ powerful rendition of 'Nessun Dorma' lives on as one of the most popular and famous pieces of music the world has ever heard. From his humble beginnings in Northern Italy through to global superstardom, we get to know the great tenor as a husband and a father, philanthropist and fragile artist with a complex relationship to his own unique talents and unprecedented success. WWW.THECOCKERMOUTHPOST.CO.UK

Keswick’s Southey Interiors have helped finalise the colour scheme for the repaint, using the original heritage green remaining on the back walls, matched to a palette of Edwardian and Arts and Crafts movement colours. Keswick’s School of Industrial Art played a significant role in the Arts and Crafts movement, which was a little earlier than the Alhambra’s 1913 construction date but was very influential in the Lakes for decades.

The Keswick Alhambra will be shutting its doors between 12th June and 2nd July, to have the ceiling repaired and the auditorium repainted. A fantastic response to the cinema’s Crowd- funding campaign means that the antique cast iron radiators and tin panels in the auditorium will also be stripped and restored to their original burnished-gold glory. Any further donations will go towards new lighting to highlight the revamped interior.

centenary in 2014. Tom and his wife Sylvia, his daughter Carol and her husband Alan bought the building in December 2016 and Alan and Carol now manage the business. Carol said: “We’re spending the money that used to go towards the rent on a number of initiatives which we hope will future- proof Keswick’s little gem of cinema heritage.

“It has suffered from numerous threats of closure over the decades, but we plan to ensure it will be a viable concern for the community and for Keswick's many visitors well into the next century.”

Digital cinema and live-streamed theatre, ballet and opera have been the saviour of many single-screen cinemas and Carol says that the advent of live- streamed and recorded musicals and music concerts is now also playing a part, as are a new strand of climbing and outdoor adventure films. A new website, an external paint job, a new roof in 2017, new plasterwork in the balcony and stairwell in 2018 and an alcohol licence are all making the cinema increasingly attractive to visit.

The family business was managed by Tom Rennie for 28 years: for Graves (Cumberland) Ltd. from 1991, then for the Lonsdale group, 2006-12 and then by Tom as the leaseholder himself, saving the cinema from closure just short of its

Those wishing to contribute, can make their donations in person at the cinema, or through a dedicated website, open until 27th June. alhambra-restore-the-glory

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