Inside Light Cinema Sheffield
Light Cinema is the fastest growing cinema operator in the UK with seven cinemas and 20 more due to open in the next four years. Light Sheffield opened back in April and boasts nine screens with 953 luxury reclining seats – and all at standard pricing. Guests can take food and drink into the screens and many of the refreshments on offer are produced locally – from Our Cow Molly ice cream, delicious cakes, brownies, nachos, quality coffee and of course popcorn, to beer and gin from Abbeydale Brewery and True North Brew Co.
The cinema group has many years’ experience of running cinemas in the UK, members of the team having previously worked with the existing major chains. The team is on a mission to introduce a different cinema experience, creating a new concept that responds to the growing popularity of cinema in the UK. The Light believes in good service, community interaction, customer experience, people and content.
Ashely Inman, Business Manager for Light Sheffield told Exposed: “We have been overwhelmed by the positive response from our guests in our first six months. We receive most comments about our reclining seats – people love to be able to stretch out and watch a film like they would at home except there is a massive screen and state of the art digital sound to accompany it. Audiences like the fact that each film is introduced by a Light team member. The Green Room café and bar is open at 9.30am every day so people tend to come here to have a meeting or just socialise even if they aren’t waiting to see a film that day. It’s lovely to see and we make sure everyone feels welcome.”
As well as the opportunity to become an Infinity member for just £16.95 per month and see as many films as you like (except special event screenings) plus receive a whopping 25% off food and drinks, by signing up to MyLight guests can get discounted tickets through booking online. There are two great offers for Sheffield audiences at the moment. By joining Infinity up to 9 October new members pay just £9.99 a month for the first three months, and from 1 October if a current Infinity holder refers a friend the referrer gets a month of membership free, while the person who joins receives £30 of vouchers to spend on food and drink.
More than just films!
As well as all the blockbusters you would expect to see on the big screen, The Light also run special events. Upcoming attractions for October include the premiere of Loving Vincent on Monday 9 October – a stunning cinematic achievement billed as the first fully painted feature film in the world. For one night only guests can see the film followed by a Q&A with special guests, broadcast live from the National Gallery presented by BFI London Film Festival.
Also there is the new Royal Opera House production of La Bohème on 3 October and irresistible opera that is a witty and passionate blend of comedy and tragedy which focusses on the lives of a group of young artists as they eke out an existence on the bohemian fringes of Paris. Ballet also from the Royal Opera House with Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland on 23 October. This production bursts onto the stage in an explosion of colour, stage magic and inventive choreography. NUS student card holders can buy 2 tickets for £10 for Royal Opera House performances on the day of the performance.
The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Coriolanus will be shown live from Stratford on 11 October. This is a full-throttle war play that revels in the sweat of the battlefield, transporting viewers back to the emergence of the republic of Rome. Plus there is Grace Jones and Friends live on 25 October. This promises to be a thrilling and enlightening evening with the inimitable icon, as she discusses her life and work with some of her closest collaborators, from the worlds of music, fashion, art and film, following an exclusive preview of Sophie Fiennes’ highly anticipated new film Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami.
Horrorwood: The Halloween Spookfest!
And to celebrate Halloween, Light Sheffield will be showing a range of suitable horror films. The Light caters for all the family so films for children will also reflect the season. Also check out the regular baby-friendly, dementia and autism screenings
Visits are made even better value for customers with a parking offer of just £1 for 3 hours at the APCOA car park on The Moor, opposite the cinema building. Tokens just need to be validated at the cinema.