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Dirty Dancing to be shown tonight at free open-air cinema in Beachfields, Sheerness

By Lewis Dyson

Today is your penultimate chance to make the most of a free open-air film festival in Sheerness.

The outdoor cinema in Beachfields Park, off Royal Road, has been hailed as a success by organiser Sheerness Enhancement Association for Leisure (SEAL) as it has attracted hundreds of people each time.

Tonight’s movie will be Dirty Dancing and anyone is welcome to go along with their own chairs or blankets from about 8.30pm.

Crowds at the opening of SEAL's outdoor cinema

The final film in the programme will be family classic ET on Saturday, June 28.

In previous weeks Disney’s Frozen, Abba musical Mamma Mia and Oz: The Great and Powerful have been shown on the giant inflatable screen.

SEAL hopes to put on more films later in the summer but chairman Chris Foulds said they are going to have to look at how the project is funded if it is to return next year.

The film licence and events notice is costing the charity £230 each time. Buckets passed around the audience usually raise between £30 to £40, although revenue has also been raised through donations from businesses and advertisers.

Mr Foulds said they are looking at improving the equipment next time to reduce the problem of glare from sunlight on the screen so the films can be shown earlier in the day.

He said: “It’s a bit of a struggle. We might have to start charging. This isn’t money going to SEAL, it’s going to support further films.”

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