Cinema is making a long-awaited return to Ormskirk after an absence of a quarter of a century thanks to Edge Hill University.

Formed by the Rose Theatre, the University’s Film Studies department and members of the local community, Short Cuts Film Society will screen a diverse body of carefully selected films at a highly affordable price.

Ormskirk has not had a cinema since the closure of the Pavilion Theatre on Moorgate, which is now the Arriba, on Friday 13th December 1981. At present, the town?s nearest cinema is over six miles away at Switch Island.

“Our initial hunch that there may be a desire to bring cinema back to the town was reflected in a local survey which returned a near 100% positive response to the suggestion of setting up a film society,” said Jenny Barrett, Short Cuts Chairman. “We hope that this encouraging feedback will equate to members of the local community getting involved to share their passion for film.

“We?ve taken into account the types of films people would like to see ? the inaugural season, which starts on Valentine?s Day, showcases six of the best romantic films ever made. Future themed seasons will feature an eclectic mix of cult classics, world cinema, critically acclaimed recent works and films that people have always wanted to watch on a large screen but never had the opportunity to do so.

“We also hope to stage informal critical discussions, along with short presentations by critics, writers and directors, and have ensured that members get real value-for-money, particularly with multiplex cinemas being so expensive these days.”

Posthumously named in honour of Robert Altman?s film of the same name, Short Cuts will screen its films in DVD format, complete with stereo sound system, on Wednesdays at 8pm in the Studio Theatre of the University’s Centre for the Performing Arts.

Annual membership is £12, £10 concessions, with on-the-door entry £3.50. For further details and to find out how to join call 01695 584480 or email rose@edgehill.ac.uk.