A popular cinema and theatre in Northumberland has installed a new digital cinema projector, meaning that it can now offer a fantastic movie experience.

Alnwick Playhouse – which last year faced a bleak future following funding cuts by the Arts Council – has managed to secure its position with the installation of the new projector equipment. The theatre managed to raise the £75,000 needed to purchase the digital cinema projector and live satellite link-up.

The high-spec projector means that the playhouse can now offer a ‘quality movie experience with a surround-sound system.’

It will also be able to screen films mere days after their release, and will also be able to stream productions from major international theatres, including London’s National Theatre, live. Some of the upcoming shows to be shown at the venue using the new projector and satellite link-up include ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’, and a live screening of Moscow’s famous Bolshoi Ballet’s latest show.

Playhouse manager, Jo Potts, told the Northumberland Gazette, “The future is bright. It is about development and I think the key to the success of the Playhouse is innovation and investment…“We have managed to raise £75,000 and we have installed the new projector with the live satellite link-up."

“It means people will no longer have a second-class movie experience and we will be able to stream productions from the likes of the National Theatre, which is fantastic. It should be a great source of income,” Ms Potts went on to say.