Trustees at Witham Public Hall in Essex has realised the importance of planning ahead and investing in a projector for its regular cinema nights.

Hall trustees for the venue – which is located in Collingwood Road – are hoping to raise thousands of pounds in order to purchase the projection equipment which would allow them to screen cinema nights for locals and visitors. The hall began showing films on a trial basis back in January if this year, showing Stephen Spielberg’s epic ‘War Horse’.

Since then, with film nights proving very popular, the hall has found that the cost of hiring the necessary projection equipment is very high and it is prohibiting the cinema nights from being consistently profitable.

Hall trustees estimated that the combined cost of hiring the necessary projectors and screens, alongside a £90 licensing charge in order to play the film, works out at £345 per night.

Hall trustee, Stewart Adkins, told Braintree and Witham Times: “We need our own screen and projector which we would fit onto the stage. Everyone involved in getting the equipment here is a volunteer, and there is a limit to people’s goodwill.”