Denbigh Film Club was formally established on 2nd October, 2006. Following a public meeting at the Town Hall discussing the idea of bringing cinema back to the town, twelve members of the public formed a committee, adopted a constitution and opened an account with £12, a donation of £1 from each member for the purpose.
The aim and objectives of the club were discussed at length and the principle of delivering film shows for club members and the community at large became the basis of all our work. The membership in our first year, 2007, reached 150, such was the tremendous support we received from the very beginning.
Within twelve months the club raised £15,000 through grants from Awards for All Wales, Denbigh Town Council, The Freeman Evans Trust, The Welsh Church Acts Fund and Denbighshire Community Chest as well as generous donations from businesses and organisations in the community. This initial sum enabled us to purchase a state-of-the-art cinematic installation including a 5m electric screen, Sanyo projector and portable equipment for use at our outreach projects.
The very first film show on 8th December 2006 was the charming French film M.Hulot’s Holiday, established a pleasing format which has delighted our audiences ever since. This includes a supporting programme of shorts and trailers of historical and local interest in addition to the main feature film. Each show is also the setting for social interaction helped by welcome refreshments.
Since January 2007 Denbigh Film Club has staged numerous film shows in the Town Hall, the Eirianfa Community Centre, Theatr Twm o’r Nant, and Groes Community Centre. Some of these were delivered free of charge thanks to the financial support of Denbighshire County Council and the successful fundraising activity. In the first year alone many people in Denbigh and beyond enjoyed prestigious events such as An Evening with Joanna Quinn, the multi- award winning animator.
At the Gwanwyn/Spring Festival organised by the Film Agency for Wales and Age Concern Wales the club staged a highly successful 1940s show presenting This Happy Breed. This was a memorable event which set the high standard all our shows have demonstrated since then. At the Denbigh Summer Festival in June the film Charlotte’s Web delighted the very young children and their parents, while The Buena Vista Social Club accompanied a traditional Salsa night in town. The 1950s Retro Extravaganza showing Rebel Without a Cause was another community cinema event which included an enjoyable party at Cae Dai Museum.
These and many other film shows celebrating special occasions are very popular within the Vale of Clwyd and beyond and have become regular events in the calendar since then.