An arts centre cinema has attracted double the predicted visitors in its first six months.
The opening of the screen cinema at Galeri in Caernarfon in September 2018 came after eight year project to plan, finance and build the facility.
Almost 30,000 have attended a film screening since the opening – averaging over 1,000 customers on a weekly basis, surpassing the target set by the social enterprise Galeri Caernarfon Cyf of selling 500 tickets a week.
Gwyn Roberts, Galeri’s chief executive, said: “We cannot thank the people of Caernarfon and the surrounding areas – all over Gwynedd and Anglesey for the support during our opening six months.
“Opening these cinema screens has certainly opened the doors to new audiences of all ages.
“We hope the film programme can continue to be appealing to audiences and the local community for many years to come.”
With big blockbuster films to be released over the coming months, the expectancy is that Galeri’s audiences will continue to grow.
Next week, the highly anticipated live-action re-make of Dumbo is set to hit the big screen and could be one of the films to break all records at Galeri
Future releases also include Toy Story 4, Avengers: Endgame and Rocketman.
Mr Roberts added: “Now we have two dedicated cinema screens and the option to show films in the theatre also – it means we can commit to on-release films and show for a minimum of two weeks.
“To see the resource being used by the community is proof that this was needed in the area and we are delighted with the success to date. Due to the exceptional achievement – we have been able to create three new jobs.”
The £4m project received financial support by Visit Wales (ERDF), Arts Council of Wales, the Welsh Government and Galeri Caernarfon Cyf.
The top five attended films to date at Galeri were:
- Bohemian Rhapsody (over 3,000 tickets)
- Mary Poppins Returns (over 2,600 oickets)
- The Grinch
- A Star is Born
- Lego Movie 2: The Second Part