Pub given licence to serve up movies

Movies and More: Matteo Frau of The Red Lion in Birchover, who have been given permission to screen films at the popular village public house.
Movies and More: Matteo Frau of The Red Lion in Birchover, who have been given permission to screen films at the popular village public house.

A PUB could soon bring a touch of tinsel town to its premises after successfully applying to screen movies.

The Red Lion at Birchover could also host plays, indoor sports events, monthly traditional music session and other entertainment after they were given the nod by Derbyshire Dales District Council this week.

The application from landlord Matteo Frau also allows the pub to convert the beer garden into an extended kitchen.

Mr Frau said: “In many other European countries, there is a tradition of villages hosting small cinema-type experiences in the summer months.

“Being in such a remote area, we thought it would be nice to screen family films either within the pub or outside – if we get a decent summer.”

He proposes that the screenings would be shown for free, but admits planning is still at a very early stage and paying for the rights to screen films still needs to be addressed.

Neither the police or the council’s environmental health objected to the application.

However, Mr Frau has been quick to address any concerns raised by the nearby residents and says any moves made by the pub would involve further discussions with the villagers.

He said: “My first concern is the village.

“At the end of the day we live in the village and we need to have a good rapport with out villagers.”

Matteo and his wife Alyson inherited the licence five years ago, but because of changes to licensing laws they need to apply for events that were once freely hosted.

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