The new episode of the Star Wars film franchise isn’t the only exciting thing happening at the cinema this month.
As of Dec. 1, the cinema ended its contractual arrangement with Regal Entertainment and became an independent theatre called Camana Bay Cinema. The change will not affect the cinema’s ability to show the latest releases of films. Operations Manager Simon Watson said the transition would improve customer experience at the cinema.
“Operating independently gives us the flexibility to give our customers even more of what they want,” he said. The cinema launched its new logo and brand identity this month. Although the Regal Crown Club loyalty programme is no longer accepted at the Cayman Bay Cinema, a new loyalty programme will be launched early in 2018.
The Camana Bay Cinema has started showing classic films twice a month on Tuesday nights. Cinema Manger Corey Randolph said one of the classic movies shown each month will be older, generally from the 1930s to the 1960s. The other will be a more recent classic from the 1970s through the early 1990s, he said.
Early showings of Classics at the Cinema included “Casablanca,” “The Shining,” “Rocky,” and “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” On Dec. 12, the cinema will show the 1946 classic Christmas film “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
Some of the classic films scheduled in the new year include “Gone with the Wind,” “When Harry Met Sally,” and “Die Hard.” The Classics at the Cinema films are show in the VIP auditorium and include popcorn for the price of CI$20. The standard cost for seeing a current release film in the VIP auditorium is CI$21.50 and does not include popcorn.
Even though the films shown at Classics at the Cinema are available through many different media channels, Randolph said seeing them at the cinema offers a very different experience.
“Many people never had an opportunity to watch these films on the big screen, so this gives them the chance to do that for the first time,” he said.
KIDS CLUB AND CULTURE AT THE CINEMA
Two other regular features at the cinema — Kids Club and Culture at the Cinema — will continue unaffected by the affiliation change. Both will take on a Christmas theme in December.
The Kids Club will show the beloved 1983 film “A Christmas Story” about a young boy’s wish for a Daisy Red Ryder BB gun on Dec. 9. Then on Dec. 23, the film that launched Macaulay Culkin into fame, “Home Alone,” will be shown. All tickets for the Saturday morning Kids Club films are CI$5. Showtime is 10 a.m.
Culture at the Cinema will offer its regular monthly Saturday night feature on Dec. 16, showing Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical “The Follies.” The performance was filmed on Nov. 16 as part of the National Theatre Live programme.
Tickets for the evening Culture at the Cinema features, which are shown in the VIP auditorium and include a glass of sparkling wine, are CI$40 and are available with reserved seating at the cinema box office. A full bar is available for these showings and only patrons aged 18 years or older can attend. Doors open at 7 p.m. and showtime is 8 p.m.
Two special holiday 3 p.m. matinees of Culture at the Cinema will also be shown this month. “Peter Pan” will be featured on Dec. 17 and the Christmas favourite, “Nutcracker” will be screened on Dec. 24. The matinee events are open to people of all ages. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Children 2 and under are free.