A Star Is Born as electric theatre returns to Brixham

Torbay Weekly

Cinema is set to return to Brixham with the screening of A Star is Born starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga next month.

And when the new ‘Electric Palace’ in Brixham Theatre is fully up and running, the aim is to present one film a week and perhaps also a matinee.

The screening of A Star Is Born starts at 7.30pm on Wednesday, September 8, but doors will be open at 6.30pm in order to allow cinema goers the opportunity to socialise in the atmospheric ambience of the interesting Victorian auditorium.

A Brixham Theatre spokesperson said: "We hope residents and visitors will come and join us on this unique, historic occasion when Electric Theatre returns to Brixham.

"There will be a bar with alcoholic and soft drinks available. You can also treat yourself to a refreshing ice cream."

The Electric Palace originally opened in Fore Street around 1912.

According to the 1931 edition of the Kinematograph Yearbook, The Electric Palace, Sidmouth, was then also owned by Electric Theatre (Brixham) Ltd under the management of one Arthur O. Ellis.

The picture house had a single screen and a seating capacity of 488.

It closed on September 20, 1966, with a screening of The Rare Breed starring James Stewart and Maureen O’Hara. The building is now a branch of the Co-op.

Before lockdown, Brixham Theatre had hosted two movie nights employing a professional, pop-up cinema company to supply and operate the equipment needed to screen a show.

This was a relatively expensive undertaking, therefore, when the trustees started to think about the future of the theatre, it was decided that working in-house would prove more economically viable and allow the theatre to offer more films to the local community.

Having bought a screen, projector, and improved sound systems, the theatre is about to launch its first screening on September 8 with A Star is Born.

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga take the leading roles. Struggling artist Ally (Lady Gaga) has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer until Jack (Bradley Cooper) discovers her, falls in love, and coaxes her into the spotlight.

But even as Ally’s career takes off the personal side of their relationship is breaking down as he fights an ongoing battle with his internal demons.

There is no subject matter Hollywood loves more than its own inner machinations. There have been four versions of this tragic love story. The first in 1937 with Janet Gaynor and Fredric March. Judy Garland and James Mason starred in a 1954 remake. This was followed by the 1976 production starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Krisofferson. The Cooper offering has most in common with the Streisand film as the story’s setting shifts from Hollywood to the music industry.

The 2018 production was Bradley Cooper’s debut as a director. It attracted 271 award nominations and won 105. The film grossed a worldwide total of $340 million with a production budget of $36 million.

The theatre spokesperson said: "This is a ‘must see’ movie.

"The theatre is the perfect venue for a cinema being central, on public transport routes and next to a taxi rank. Brixham's main car park is a few minutes’ walk from the theatre."

For Movie Night tickets, call the box office on 01803 415987 or log on to www.brixhamtheatre.uk