Dear Hayle Film Club members and supporters:
Normally at this time of year, as we have since 2012, we would eagerly be anticipating the first films of our new season and welcoming familiar faces while also welcoming new ones.
Sadly, our Victorian-era venue, the Passmore Edwards Institute, cannot guarantee a ‘Covid-safe’ environment without modern ventilation — particularly with a roomful of people attending two-hour film screenings.
Even if we set our seats at a socially-distanced two metres apart, sitting in the dark with face masks, without the sociability of refreshments afterwards, would feel a bit joyless — not to mention economically unfeasible for our small community cinema.
At this point we don’t anticipate restarting at least until early summer 2021, in the universal hope the pandemic will have eased by then. Whenever we do open, please know that HFC memberships will be extended to the equivalent of previous timeframes.
We’ll look forward to seeing everyone, and sharing our love for cinema, when it’s again safe and fun to meet indoors.
With warmest regards,
Chair, Hayle Film Club