Arts prove to be huge draw at Pavilion Cinema

Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller star in Frankenstein screened at the Pavilion cinema this summer
Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller star in Frankenstein screened at the Pavilion cinema this summer

SOME of the best classical and theatre performances in the world will be brought to Galashiels this year.

The Pavilion Cinema has signed up to show 14 screenings from April to September in a massive expansion of the facility’s programming.

Already showing Metropolitan Opera live via satellite relays from New York, the Pavilion has added recordings of La Boheme (pictured top of page), Don Giovanni, Turandot and La Traviata from Sydney Opera House. And a series of live orchestral concerts by Filarmonica Della Scala from Teatro Alla Scala in Milan will also be seen.

A one-off performance from Verona of Opera On Ice – where the world’s best arias are sung by world-renowned vocalists – backed by a 200-piece orchestra and some of the globe’s best ice skaters – will be seen alongside the National Theatre’s version of Frankenstein, starring Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller.

Cinema manager Andrew Poole said: “When we first dipped our toe into what we thought could be the chilly waters of arts events, we have been delighted to find the water not just lukewarm but at times scolding hot.

“I’m delighted that now we have four digital projectors – making us one of the few fully digital cinemas in Scotland – we are able to expand our arts programming significantly over what was previously offered. This summer’s Sydney Opera House performances will hopefully satisfy the requests we get for operas during the Met’s off-season and with this April’s performance of La Traviata from the Metropolitan Opera House having sold out months ago, this is a great opportunity for our customers.

“The live Filarmonica Della Scalla performances look simply amazing for those who enjoy classical music but don’t necessarily want to see operas. And we are absolutely delighted to be able to bring Frankenstein to the screen as this was one of the productions we missed out on during our hiatus from the National Theatre Live events.

“We have also committed to bringing the entire NT Live season for 2012/2013 to the Pavilion, starting in September.”

Tickets for all screenings are available from 01896 752767 or www.pavilioncinema.co.uk