Showroom Cinema: Coming to terms with his new life - and ticket sales reopening this weekend
Whilst everyone has been soaking up the sun in beer gardens, we’ve been busy preparing our programme: a stellar selection of films brought to the big screen from May 17. If all goes to plan, we’ll be opening ticket sales this weekend.
When we re-open, we will be adopting the same safety measures implemented last year. This includes a controlled flow of people throug the building, improved ventilation systems, staggered screening times and significantly reduced capacity. We received fantastic feedback from people who were able to visit us in the autumn. When we re-open, our top priority will once again be making sure our audience is safe and comfortable.
These measures mean that we can only operate at around 25 per cent of our capacity, so we strongly recommend booking in advance. Doing so will ensure you’re not turned away and allows for a smoother journey when you arrive. If you’re like me, you’ll also enjoy the excitement of setting a date in the diary. Our Box Office team will be more than happy to talk through the changes we’ve made if you have any queries.
Until then, each week, I’ll highlight a film we’ll be showing, starting with the beautiful Sound of Metal. Nominated for Best Picture at this year’s Oscars, it stars Riz Ahmed as Ruben, a young drummer who suffers sudden hearing loss. An ex-addict who found recovery through music, Ruben struggles to redefine his identity and checks into a rehabilitation house for d/Deaf people, where he begins to come to terms with his new life.
It’s a delicate and sensitive film that offers an intimate look into the experiences of d/Deaf and hard of hearing people and the strength of human spirit. It’s been created with both d/Deaf and hearing audiences in mind. There’s an incredible, immersive soundscape that allows you to experience scenes as Ruben would. The film is also being released in cinemas with open captions, so all screenings will be accessible to d/Deaf people that read English subtitles, a rarity.
Sound of Metal will be screening at Showroom Cinema from May 17, and tickets will be available to pre-book from this weekend at: showroomworkstaion.org.uk/cinema