Film Fanatic's Garden Cinema
A 38-year-old film buff spent Â£70,000 to build a 34-seat ABC cinema in his back garden.
17:10 03 January 2017
Anderson Jones, a lifelong film buff, has built a 34-seat venue, which he says has the characteristics of 1930s picture houses as well as a 1970s vibe. The venue features materials reclaimed from old movie theatres.
The bus driver spent £70,000 and more than four years to construct what he calls his lasting tribute to the defunct entertainment company. He said: “My gran was an usherette and I’ve been a cinema fan as long as I can remember. At school I would tell friends ‘I’m going to build one in my garden’. They didn’t believe me.”
Anderson’s creation features 17ft by 7ft screen, retro black-and-white toilets, authentic projection box and a foyer with a concessions stand where viewers can buy sweets and popcorn.
His wife, Jane, said: "He’s done a fantastic job and I love spending time down there,"
“Anderson’s done all the work. Every weekend, any spare time, he’s been down there. I’ve been the tea maker and patient wife.
“Any savings from when we’ve moved house have been poured into this so that he could fulfill his dream.
“My role is going to be manning the sweet counter and I’ve got a special outfit for when I hand out the ice creams at half time!”