A night at the opera on your doorstep with Hemel Hempstead’s Empire Cinema

A scene from Turandot by Giacomo Puccini at Royal Opera House.
A scene from Turandot by Giacomo Puccini at Royal Opera House.

Hemel Hempstead’s Empire cinema is proving you don’t need to get dolled up and head into the city to have a night at the opera.

The first of a series of live arts screenings has already taken place at the Jarman Park multiplex with Puccini’s Turandot. And it seems townsfolk are indeed high culture vultures, as cinema manager Richard Conian was impressed with the turnout.

He said: “I was very pleasantly surprised at the level of interest at the initial show. These events normally grow in popularity as word spreads so hopefully this indicates a great future for live events at Hemel and will allow us to bring the widest choice to local people that we can. It had a great atmosphere on the night.

“There were people who were seasoned attendees of live opera who used to go to Watford and Hatfield but changed their venue of choice now as it is now available more locally.

“We also pre-booked coffees for the intervals delivered to the customer’s seats and had an old style Hawking tray harking back to the golden days of cinema where the usherettes sold choc ices at intervals which added to the relaxed atmosphere.”

Catch a live screening of the National Theatre’s Othello tonight at 7pm prompt. To book tickets and find out about forthcoming live screenings, visit EmpireCinemas.co.uk or call 08 714 714 714.

It was announced last week that Empire’s neighbour at the LeisureWorld complex, Planet Ice is due to close. See this week’s Gazette for more.