Lights, camera, action for Wirksworth’s new cinema

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The big-screen experience will be returning to Wirksworth for the first time in nearly 50 years as the finishing touches are applied to the town’s new cinema.

On Thursday, July 4, The Northern Light Cinema will open its doors for the first time at an exclusive launch party for people who sponsored the project. The cinema will open to the public the following day.

The brain child of Esther Patterson and husband Paul Carr – who have both lived and worked in the town for over 16 years – the 1930’s style cinema aims to provide attendees with a “wider cinematic experience”.

Paul said: “People are encouraged to come along before the film starts for a cocktail and some nibbles. Then after the film, there will be an opportunity to discuss it with others. There will be plenty of surprise quirks along the way too.”

The auditorium will seat 52 cinema-goers in style – with three deluxe vintage sofas on the back row, six eclectic armchairs and 40 refurbished 1930s cinema seats. The bar will blend the “best of British” with a “touch of Manhattan”.

To find more about cinema – located in North End, Wirksworth – visit