Town’s volunteer-led theatre to return after coronavirus closure

Beccles Public Hall PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Beccles Public Hall PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

A town’s volunteer-led theatre is set to reopen their doors for the first time in more than five months in the coming weeks.

The box office at Beccles Public Hall will reopen on Thursday, August 6, ahead of a month’s worth of big screen films beginning on September 5.

The hall, on Smallgate, has been closed following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in March.

Starting with the film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats, the hall will also show Knives Out on September 9, before Take That fans see a recording of the Progress tour being screened on September 12.

On September 16, Judy, starring Oscar winner Renée Zellweger, before Yesterday, Downton Abbey and Amazing Grace, based on the life of Aretha Franklin, will complete the month’s line-up.

The seating will be cabaret-style to ensure social distancing is maintained, with tables and chairs set up for the number of tickets booked together, while drinks can be ordered by table service during screenings.

Gillian Walker, events co-ordinator at the Hall, said the team were delighted to be back.

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She said: “it has been a very tough few months for us all, especially as we rely so heavily on public support.

“We are just so excited to be able to throw open our doors again and welcome our lovely, loyal customers back into the hall.

“The programme we have put together should offer people a little something different to do in these challenging times and hopefully put a smile on people’s faces.”

All films begin at 7.30pm, with doors opening at 7pm and tickets £5 each.

In line with the latest government guidelines, a countertop protection screen has been installed, along with hand sanitising station, while the hall has been redecorated and deep cleaned during the coronavirus lockdown, ready for their reopening.

The Box Office will be open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am until 1pm, while customers can also call 01502 770 060 during these times.