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'Live' in high definition
Presumably most of us would baulk at the idea of popping over to New York for the evening to see the Metropolitan Opera… or to Moscow to see the Bolshoi. Even a trip to Stratford to see the Royal Shakespeare Company or London to see the Royal Ballet needs a bit of thought and careful planning.
But have you discovered ‘Live Cinema Arts - in High Definition’?
Our first experience was in 2007 at the Phoenix Cinema in Oxford. The Picturehouse chain of cinemas was one of the first to introduce ‘Live-in-HD’ and their small, local cinemas were packed for every production. In the first few years we had to queue for several hours on ticket-release dates to be sure of getting a cinema seat nine months in advance!
Since then the variety of arts companies and the range of cinemas showing these events has grown enormously. There are now plenty of opportunities to see world-class theatre, ballet and opera at cinemas in Chesham, Aylesbury and High Wycombe. Here’s a list of some ‘live’ events coming soon to a cinema near you:
For around a tenner a ticket, you can also afford to take a risk or two. Certainly we have seen (and walked out of) performances that we wouldn’t have dreamt of paying top prices for.
I hope this doesn’t sound like a free ad for our local cinemas; it’s just that I’m keen to share the pleasure that ‘Live-in-HD’ has given me, especially now that tickets aren’t so difficult to come by! Full details are available on the cinema websites.
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