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Miniature cinema restored in Axbridge

By rebjo  |  Posted: September 08, 2012

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A miniature vintage cinema has relaunched in Axbridge following a five-year labour of love by a former designer with Bristol-based Aardman Animations.

The Roxy community cinema, housed in the old Red Lion pub, was installed by owners Juliet and David Maclay, who moved to the town in 1997.

The redevelopment was helped along by former Aardman Animations set designer Sarah Laborde, who became a close friend and neighbour of the couple.

Facilities include an Art Deco box office, 1950s bar and 'snogging sofa'.

The cinema's new season opens on Friday with a film called Tortoise in Love, which was made and funded by the entire Oxfordshire village of Kingston Bagpuize.

The Red Lion in the High Street was a derelict 250-year-old Georgian coaching inn when the couple's original restorations on the building began 15-years ago.

During the renovation of Bristol's Colston Hall, the Maclays acquired the old theatre seats for the community cinema, which is also home to the Axbridge Film Society.

A grant from the Big Lottery Fund added the sound and projection equipment.

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