Beverley cinema in frame for major UK industry award
Parkway Cinema and Theatre at Beverley's Flemingate Centre
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 10 Oct 2017
A Beverley cinema has been shortlisted for Cinema of the Year at national awards celebrating the cream of the UK film industry.
Parkway Cinema and Theatre is among the nominees in the prestigious Screen Awards 2017.
The six-screen independent venue at the Flemingate Centre is shortlisted for the hotly-contested Cinema of the Year (24 screens and under) Award.
The shortlists for the awards feature some of the biggest names in the industry, with 20th Century Fox leading the way with 12 nominations.
Other nominees include The Walt Disney Company, Lionsgate and BFI (British Film Institute) with shortlisted entries contributing to the success of films such as Alien: Covenant, Beauty and the Beast, T2 Trainspotting and War for the Planet of the Apes.
Parkway Cinema and Theatre general manager Cliff Baillie is delighted with the Beverley venue's nomination.
He said: “We’re delighted to be nominated alongside some great cinemas and we’re flattered to be in such fine company.
“A lot of hard work goes on behind the scenes and it’s great for the team to be recognised.
“However, we couldn’t have achieved this without the support of the community and all of our customers.”
Parkway opened at the same time as the Flemingate Centre in 2015 and has been a major success, bringing a much-valued new leisure venue to Beverley and drawing audiences from the town and beyond.
The venue presents the very best of current screen releases, from family blockbusters to more adventurous films, as well as a wide range of “event cinema”, bringing the best of live opera, ballet, theatre and other cultural events from around the world to audiences in Beverley .
Parkway’s screen 6 – also known as the Hayward Theatre – is a fully-equipped stage hosting everything from stand-up comedy to stage musicals.
Graham Tait, Flemingate Centre manager, said: “Parkway is a superb, innovative venue and a beacon for the very best of independent cinema. This recognition is richly deserved.
“We were very excited to work with the Parkway team to bring such a high-quality cinema and theatre to Beverley and we’ve been delighted it has been proven so successful.
“Parkway is a major asset for Beverley and has made a significant contribution to the success and growth of Flemingate, bringing audiences into the centre and driving footfall seven days a week.
“It’s great now to see Parkway gaining national recognition and we’re sending our very best wishes to Cliff and his team for the big day.”
The Screen Awards are presented by Screen International, the leading film industry resource covering the international film markets.
With categories covering distribution, exhibition, marketing, publicity and brand partnerships, the judges look for creativity and innovation in reaching moviegoers – whether it’s for a Hollywood blockbuster or an independent release.
Parkway Cinema and Theatre is vying with other leading picture houses from across the UK for the Cinema of the Year (24 screens and under) prize.
The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony hosted by radio and television presenter Edith Bowman at Grange St Paul’s Hotel in London on November 30.
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