Anyone walking down Peter Street or Dole Lane in the last couple of weeks cannot fail to have noticed the latest part of our renovation work - the big Chorley Little Theatre sign!
Generously provided by Chorley firm Poppy Signs, it's already got a lot of praise and we think it looks fantastic. It's the new logo, as designed by CADOS Chairman Ian Robinson, and replaces the 'ticket-style' logo that was removed during the recent building work.
We think this may be the first time there's actually been a solid wall on the front of the building - when the theatre opened in 1910 there was a bay window there, then the old sign was built into the space of the window. We had to rebuild the wall before a new sign could be put up. The building was then painted in colours to complement the new logo and Poppy Signs came along an did a cracking job creating and affixing the aluminium sign to the building.
So a big thank you to Dave McDonald and all at Poppy Signs for their hard work and support. You can visit their website here for all the great stuff they do.
We'd also like to thank Readyplant for the cherry picker. Without the support of local businesses, we may not be able to continue putting on the great shows we do. We try to make everything extra special so every penny counts.
Plans for the future, when we've raised funds, include lights for the sign and a renovation/clean-up of the Empire glass sign on the front. We're also going to finish painting the outside when the weather clears up.
Inside, there are plans for new, improved toilets, a redecoration of the foyer, and lots of little jobs that will make visits even more fun.
Please note that A Tribute to Elvis, appearing here in February, has changed date and will now be on Saturday 5th February - one week earlier than originally announced. It's still going to be a great night with two of the best Elvis performers in the world - we just need to make more time to build a lake for the Neville's Island set.
Tickets are available from Malcolm's Musicland or here.
We apologise for any inconvenience.
Chorley Empire Community Cinema have a busy couple of weeks ahead and would like you to join them for two special occasions.
On Thursday 25th November, they're showing the Frank Sinatra film Pal Joey, about a man torn between good girl Linda (Kim Novak) and Chorus Girl Vera (Rita Hayworth). The classic musical romance features the song "The Lady Is A Tramp" and is part of the Afternoon Classics strand, meaning entrance is just £2 and Cream Teas are on offer for £1.
As an extra incentive to come, BBC Radio 4's Film Programme will be visiting the event to interview the Chorley crew and audience for a future episode. Doors open at 2pm.
On Saturday 4th December it's a double bill for a double celebration. Marking 100 years of film at Chorley Little Theatre, and launching the 25th Anniversary of the group formerly known as Chorley Film Society, there's an 80s classic and a bang-up-to-date movie.
At 6pm, Marty McFly goes to the 1950s in the newly-remastered Back To The Future. This was one of the last films shown at Studio 1-4 on Bolton Road before it closed in September 1986.
Then leaping forward, it's another Robert Zemeckis film as the stylish A Christmas Carol is shown at 8.15pm. A motion-captured digital animated movie, this 2009 release sees Jim Carrey playing Scrooge and all the visiting Ghosts.
Both films are in digital HD on the big-screen, and the evening will also include complimentary food and a glass of wine. Doors open 5.30pm and entry is £4.
Award-winning stand-up comedian Jenny Eclair has just entered the jungle on hit ITV reality show I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here, and assuming she survives, will be heading here on 19th March
Tickets are already on sale for Jenny's new show, in which she reflects on reaching 50-years-old, and will no doubt tell stories of life in the camp and coping with creepy crawlies, basic toilets, and Gillian McKeith.
Jenny heads a comedy line-up that includes Richard Herring, Phil Cool, upcoming sketch group Idiots of Ants, and loads more to be announced. Keep checking the website - but beat the rush and get your Jenny Eclair tickets now from Malcolm's Musicland 01257 264362 or online.
Doors open 7pm, show starts 7.30pm
There's only a handful of tickets left for The Houghton Weavers on Sunday 28th November, so get in quick if you want to see them. Only available at Malcolm's Musicland.
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