The Downton Society

There has been much discussion of late about the future of Moviola here in Downton which has been running since 2014. The Downton Society have always viewed their sponsorship of the films as being on behalf of the community and to use whatever small profits there were to enhance the Downton environment. The wonderful Planters on the Borough and in the Moot are an example. However, the changing face of entertainment and the rise of easy film streaming at home during the long periods of lockdown have taken its toll on all but the most faithful of our audiences. Although some like to come out for the social side of the film showings, the blunt truth is that not enough people are visiting our live cinema screenings. The Society now feels that it cannot continue to sustain the continuing losses (over £500.00 in the past 6 showings alone) and has, reluctantly, decided to pull out of Moviola after one final extravaganza in October 2022.

BUT – the good news is that we have managed to find a blockbuster that will appeal to all age groups especially those who remember the rise of the King of Rock and Roll – Elvis Presley! The film, of course, is simply named “Elvis” and will be shown on Saturday 22 October at the usual time of 7.30pm. For this event, we are obtaining an events licence in order to sell alcohol and we also need to empty our freezer of ice-cream! Dress for the evening is optional, but there will be a prize for the best Elvis Impersonator! Dancing in the aisles is expected...

(2022) 12A
Director: Baz Luhrmann
With Austin Butler, Tom Hanks
Runtime: 159 mins

The film recounts the life and music of Elvis Presley (Austin Butler), seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks). The story explores the complex dynamic between Presley and Parker over a period of 20 years, from Presley's humble beginnings to his international stardom. Central to that journey is one of the most significant and influential people in Elvis's life, Priscilla Presley (Olivia DeJonge).

“Austin Butler is sensational as Presley. It’s a huge ask for an actor to disappear into a man so well known that everyone and his uncle does a bad impression of him. Butler convinces at every age, from teen to 42. He’s not a particularly close visual match for Presley but he’s mastered vocal inflections and imperceptible details in Presley’s moves on stage that mean he captures his presence.”

Empire “With electrifying performances from Austin Butler as Elvis and Tom Hanks as Colonel Parker, Baz Luhrmann’s whirlwind biopic is cinematic dynamite.”

Tickets are only available on the night at the Memorial Hall with the doors opening at 7pm and the performance starting at 7.30pm. There is plenty of room and we try to keep the seating as well spaced and ventilated as we can. We can accommodate up to 50+ comfortably (as long as you bring your own cushions ... those chairs still need some padding!).

Further information from Sue and Lawrence on: 07825 745 246