Exactly a year ago today, the town of Northampton was introduced to the vibrant world of the indies as Derngate opened the Errol Flynn Filmhouse. Named after the swash buckling bravado who played at Northampton’s famous theatre, the small one screened haven has become the talk of the town. It is an incredibly tiny box of epic proportions. The staff are welcoming and friendly, the chairs are wide and adorned with leather, the screen itself is cool and the refreshments are ingenious. They also screen daring cinema and scoop up the best underground films for showcase included The Punk Singer, Frances Ha and Blackfish. As well as working the National Theatre Live, they host some live screenings of the best theatre shows, bringing the stage to screen.
On a personal note, making the move from London to Northampton to pursue career choices, leaving behind the Genesis and The Prince Charles Cinema was heart-breaking. And yet with every passing week, I am glad that I have found a place like the Errol Flynn Filmhouse. It screens some of the best cinemas from the past and hidden gems that you may not have caught because of big blockbusters. Having some of the most intensely impressive Q&A’s and also playing host the Northants film awards that will be taken place, it is a gem in the town centre.
Affordable prices too! The Errol Flynn Filmhouse supports cinema. It takes it into its hub and celebrates it. It reaches out to audiences in the midlands and says, “this is where film is brilliant. Come travel new worlds as we tell new stories.” They thrive on film festivals across the country, consume film in every form and bring it with a smile on their face to fans. There is no cinema like that. It is fresh and will cater to every level of film fan.
Happy Birthday Errol Flynn Filmhouse!