27th April 2006



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Hull's only independent cinema is re-opening tomorrow in the University of Lincoln's George Street building.

Hull Screen has been temporarily re-housed in a specially adapted lecture theatre whilst Hull City Council tries to find a new permanent home for the cinema.


As part of the extensive renovation work a £75,000 digital projector is being installed which will increase the number of films the cinema can show.

The projector, donated by the UK Film Council, has had to be shipped in from the US.

Hull New Theatre manager Michael Lister said it has been worth the wait.


“I am delighted the University of Lincoln invited Hull Screen to make its new home in their George Street site,” said Michael. “The new partnership heralds the beginning of an exciting era for film lovers.


“Over the Easter period the projection box has been extended to take the projectors, a Dolby digital sound system has been installed and the auditorium re-seated with the cinema seats from the original screen to make our loyal patrons feel at home.


“The future film programme will feature more educational and diverse films in addition to our standard selection.”

Hull Screen closed at its old site at the Central Library in Albion Street - its home for 36 years - in December 2005 as it was no longer deemed to be cost-effective.


The new programme of films for April/May/June 2006 gets underway on Friday 28th April at 2pm with a showing of ‘Pride & Prejudice’ followed by ‘Tsotsi’ at 7.30pm.


Hull New Theatre Manager Michael Lister and University of Lincoln Pro Vice Chancellor Dr Jim Whittingham will available for interviews/photographs today. Please call the press office to arrange a time.


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Caption: Dr Jim Whittingham, Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Lincoln, and Mike Lister from Hull New Theatre admire the new seating in the Derek Crothall Building, home of Hull Screen

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Kate Strawson Press Officer

(01522) 886244 kstrawson@lincoln.ac.uk

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