Sunday 18th November will see – and hear – the Oban Phoenix cinema rock to the sound of a ten piece brass ensemble in a concert held to raise funds to contribute to the opening of a second screen.
Everything about this is a win win for those who go.
It’s a lunch time gig – imagine this sort of energy injected into the middle of Sunday – 1.00pm-2.30pm. There’ll also be mulled wine and mince pies to give this lunchtime a special flavour. Tickets are £10, £8 concessions and £5 for young folk under 14.
There’s nothing like a powerful band to float the spirits – whether it’s the pipes, brass, jazz, swing, ceilidh or whatever.
And putting the price of a ticket-to-fun behind getting a second screen for Oban is a no-brainer. Like live music and the big band sound, there’s nothing like the big screen and the communality of an audience.
Squirreling away at home with a DVD is fine, but getting spectacle as well as story out of the best films needs the really big screen only cinema can deliver. Plan for night’s out and a weekly family treat.
There’s a real sense of unprecious occasion in going to the cinema – taking your seat, lights dimming, screen brightening, the ads, the trailers, the big music intro to the main feature, settling back into the seat for translation to another world where you may be intrigued, frightened, enchanted, entertained.
Then you’ve got the comeback to deal with. The credits roll, the lights come up, you remember there are others around you, you stumble out into the dark, caught between two worlds… It can take ages to get back to just one.
There’s nothing like it.
Anyone who feels like strolling into the Pheonix beforehand tomorrow – any time after midday – is invited to meet the staff, hear a bit more about the Oban Phoenix and its go-digital plan, tour the projection room and the Screen Two space.
The brass ensemble gig tomorrow lunchtime – part of the Oban Winter Festival which lights up formally tonight – is an immediately attractive proposition for an early winter weekend. Pack it out.
Oban Winter Festival and films at the Phoenix
This is Oban Phoenix’s first participation in the Oban Winter Festival. To mark the celebration of being in a position to rack up the fun of the festival this year, the cinema is offering reduced ticket prices for all of the festival films. [Warm popcorn and ice cream will be available, as tradition demands.]
The festival film tickets are just £5 and £4, with £3 for everyone for The Snowman.
The cinema has put together a programme of films in keeping with the festival’s theme of the Victorian age and its engineering wonders, like steam locomotives.
So, you can see:
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
- Polar Express
- The First Great Train Robbery
Then there’s a mix of recent and classical movies:
- Gangs of New York
- Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
- The 39 Steps
- Little Women
- Gone with the Wind
- The Snowman
- Happy Feet
Note: Here is the Oban Phoenix programme for November - PHOENIX brochure Nov 2012 and YES – they’ve got Breaking Dawn, Twilight 2.