Chorley Empire Community Cinema’s new film listings are out and it looks set to be a season of excitement and variety with the focus on “the best of British”.

With nine films lined up from January to May, the cinema is ready to display some the greatest British features of the last year, along with some older British comedy classics. Tomas Alfredson’s ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ is being screened at Chorley Little Theatre on the 12th February and will give audiences an exciting look into the world of MI6 during the Cold War. ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ will also guarantee audiences a stunning cast, full of the cream of the crop of British drama. Colin Firth returns to screen once more, after huge success in ‘The King’s Speech’, alongside other British film royalty such as Gary Oldman and Mark Strong.

During March, audiences can expect some light hearted comedy in the form of ‘Johnny English Reborn’ where we see Rowan Atkinson returning to the role of the useless British spy. The recent biopic ‘My Week with Marilyn’ will also be showing in March.  This film looks at the famous star Marilyn Monroe and her time spent in England, shooting a film, during the fifties. ‘My Week with Marilyn’ displays actress Michelle Williams in the role of the iconic star and her flawless performance that has been described as award winning. The end of March sees classic British drama returning to Chorley Little Theatre in the form of the sixties moving feature ‘A Taste of Honey’.

Audiences will also be invited to indulge in a delicious cream tea at this screening so they can enjoy the ‘Best of British’ in all forms. ??April at Chorley Empire Community Cinema sees the arrival of the recent remake of the nineteen forty seven tense crime thriller ‘Brighton Rock’, with Richard Attenborough’s icon role of gangster Pinky being taken on by Sam Riley.

Subject to availability, in May we see the controversial and yet highly acclaimed ‘The Iron Lady’ gracing the cinema, with flawless performances from both Meryl Streep and Jim Broadbent. The season closes with Steven Spielberg’s latest epic ‘War Horse’ screening at the end of May. An adaptation of the classic book by Michael Morpurgo, this film promises to be a tearjerker and a moving tale of loyalty, friendship and determination.

Chorley Empire Community Cinema has created a season full of different genres, styles and themes and a season that celebrates the very best of British cinema. Tickets for Sunday evening films are £4, Afternoons £2.50. Or buy a Season Ticket for all films for £15.

Tickets are available on the door, or in advance from Malcolm's Musicland.


Preview by Hannah McHaffie


With four shows to go, we're delighted to say our Pantomime has sold out.

Robin Hood is a record-breaker, with biggest attendance for years and highest box office take of any CADOS Panto. Thank you to everyone who's made it a success!

SOME of the region’s biggest names and up-and-coming performers will be taking  part in a talent show with a difference in Chorley on December 21.

Chorley Little Theatre will be hosting the show, which is part of the Guardian’s 140th birthday celebrations.

Liberty X singer Kevin Simm and Chorley’s singing soldier Jonjo Kerr, who found fame on X Factor, have both confirmed they’ll be taking part.

Other acts  due tp take part include Francesca Leigh, who also appeared on this year’s X Factor with her group The Lovettes; singer Kingsley Judd; and former Chorley and Leyland Guardian Fame Factor winner Amy Sumner.

There is a serious purpose behind the show as the proceeds will go to the Twincess Campaign, which was set up after Chorley twin girls Abigail and Isobel Parry were born with Down’s Syndrome. The money from the Twincess Campaign will be spilt  between paying for the ongoing development needs of the youngsters and the Down’s Syndrome Association.

Tickets cost £5 each although a family ticket for two adults and two children is a bargain £15.

Like all the acts, Jonjo is giving his time for free and he said it was his way of thanking the people of Chorley for backing him on X Factor. “I’ve never sung at Chorley Little Theatre before so I’m really forward to it,” said the father-of-two. “It’s all for a really good cause so I’m delighted to be part of it.”

Ian Robinson, chairman of CADOS, predicted the show would be a sellout and urged people to book their tickets now to avoid disappointment. “It’s a good line-up so I’m expecting there will be a lot of interest,” he said. “It will be staged straight after the Christmas panto so all the decorations will be up and there should be a real feelgood factor in the town.” Chorley Little Theatre has a capacity of 236 and tickets can be bought from Malcolm’s Musicland, in Chapel Street.

Owner Malcolm Allen said: “People can pop into the shop or phone me on 01257 264362 to get their ticket. Alternatively they can look at the Chorley Little Theatre website. “I think £15 for a family of four is fantastic value and I’d be amazed if it’s not a sellout.”

Guardian editor Chris Maguire said: “It’s going to be an amazing night and for a great cause. “We’re just finalising our programme but most of the high schools in Chorley will also be involved.”

Here's an update on ticket sales for upcoming shows, including the panto. Please note shows are selling fast - some Panto tickets are available online, but call Malcolm's Musicland for tickets.

Show Date Time Availability

Robin Hood Thursday 15th December 7.30pm SOLD OUT
Robin Hood Friday 16th December 7.30pm SOLD OUT
Robin Hood Saturday 17th December 2.30pm SOLD OUT
Robin Hood Saturday 17th December 7.30pm SOLD OUT
Chorley Guardian Charity Show Wednesday 21st December 7.30pm SOLD OUT

Tickets for the fabulous CADOS Pantomime are now on sale via Malcolm's Musicland and limited availability online.

In the great tradition of CADOS Panto's, "Robin Hood" is fun for all the family - featuring plenty of hilarity, favourite songs, audience interaction, and brilliant dances. Fast-paced and funny, it's a treat for all ages.

Based on the English legend, the show sees noble Robin battling the evil Sheriff of Nottingham and his bungling henchmen Floggem & Whippem. With the fate of the Sheriff's Irish nephews Jedward at stake, and the beautiful Maid Marion's affections to be won, Robin must use all his wits to win the day!

Rachel Brennan starred in Jack & The Beanstalk and Aladdin for CADOS in 2004 and 2006 and returns as heroic Robin Hood for this production. CADOS newcomers Natalie Howarth and Charlotte Hilton play the guards, while Alan Levesley (seen in last year's Pantomime, Sleeping Beauty, as Muddles) will have kids hissing and booing as the Sheriff.

The Dame is played by Andy Burke, making a return to the part after several years and attacking it with gusto. Hannah Wallis is Maid Marion, while Jedward are played by Jacob McAllister and Robert Jones. Robert was last seen as Oliver Twist in our June production. The Merry Men are played by members of Chorley Youth Theatre along with David Hartley, a Panto regular last seen as the exasperated taxi driver in Funny Money.

The cast is rounded out with John Holland in his final CADOS show, and Carla Martland as Greenwillow, the Spirit of the Forest. There are also sixteen fabulous dancers.

Tickets are selling fast, but there is still plenty of room left for group and family bookings. Tickets are £10, Groups £9, and Families (4 people, minimum 2 children) £35.

See the Event page for full details and direct links to online booking - or call Malcolm's Musicland 01257 264362 to book now.

Keep up with rehearsals by seeing our Flickr page here.


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