How to Socialise

As I stood in the middle of a crowd of five thousand last Saturday night at the Warehouse Party dancing to The Chemical Brothers I had the sudden thought, “I am a married mother of two. What the hell am I doing here? “

I felt like an old person. The Chemical Brothers are older than me, yes, but they were being paid to be there. I felt like a voyeur and have since decided it was my final large club experience.

Friends have been encouraging when I shared this feeling and have admitted recent similar reactions to something they formerly did with unbounded enthusiasm.

One person suggested I knit a beard and dance with the kids and start a ‘kitchen beard dance project’. Not a bad idea…but really, what does someone who doesn’t want to stay out too late, get too mangled or be too far away from their bed do for entertainment?

Kelly Loughlin of Magpie Cinema ( may have a suggestion. A couple of months ago, after hearing a brand spanking new multiplex was opening in Halifax, Kelly was discussing with her son the possibilities of scaling down the movie experience.

Here in Hebden we have the wonderful Hebden Bridge Picture House which has a loyal local following. This year saw the transfer of Picture House back to Hebden Royd Town Council from Calderdale Council’s control and they are slowly renovating the place. It’s pretty close to perfection; a place where you can buy a mug of tea with a homemade cake to enhance the cinematic pleasure.

Kelly felt there was a space in the town for a community cinema group as well as the Picture House. Magpie Cinema group believe cinema is a social event, an experience and a celebration of the history, artistry and magic of the moving image.

Kelly said: “Basically, we’re a film club with no fixed abode. We beg, borrow and sometimes hire the equipment needed to screen in a variety of venues.

“People are passionate about film, from cult movies to silent classics, from documentaries to art house films. Magpie Cinema aims to support all of these passions and then some.”

Magpie Cinema is taking part in ‘Future Shorts – the World’s Biggest Pop-up Film Festival’ tomorrow night in the Hole in t’ Wall’s cocktail lounge by serving up a short film festival.

This screening is part of a larger calendar of films Kelly has organised. The past couple of months have seen two other very well supported screenings in two town centre based venues.

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