Llanfyllin Film Society takes a break after numbers drop

THE threat of Covid-19 and the effect of the streaming giants were cited after a film club in Llanfyllin announced it was going to stop screenings.

Zarena Allen, organizer of Ffilm Llanfyllin, a social club where area residents gather for local film screenings, said the ongoing pandemic and the influence of streaming platforms had forced the film club to make a pause.

Ms Allen admitted she would be sad not to stay overnight for the foreseeable future, but said she was in the throes of a change in viewing habits and Covid-19.

The club had recently closed, albeit temporarily, after confusion over whether the Welsh government’s rules on Covid passes should be implemented.

She said: “Personally, I will miss the beautiful shared experience of watching a movie in a room with other people.

“But it seems that I am part of a small minority of people.

“It seems that the threat of Covid and the streaming giants have indeed taken over our entertainment habits. ”

Ms Allen announced on Friday that the film night, usually held at the Public Institute on the High Street, will come to an end, but is hoping someone can pick up the torch.

She added: “There was apparently little interest and low reunion attendance over the past season, with a small number of people appearing at film screenings regularly.

“The low attendance was deemed insufficient to support the costs associated with obtaining the license to screen each film.

“I have enjoyed the six years spent helping run the film company since the previous committee that ran the high school decided to quit in 2015.

“I hope this can continue in one form or another.

“The loss of all the other committee members over the years has made it difficult.”

Anyone wishing to contact the committee with comments, ideas or a desire to resurrect Ffilm Llanfyllin can do so via [email protected] or [email protected] or via Facebook comments.