REVIEW: Picnic Cinema, Grease

Grease - starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.
Grease - starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.
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The first-ever evening of open air cinema at Lytham Hall was a sell out and a success.

Faced with cool and blustery conditions most of a very mixed audience – hen parties, family groups with small children, serial champagne drinkers and chain smokers in abundance, with 15 females to every male – muffled up and set out to enjoy themselves.

After an excellent live performance by Lytham Academy of Theatre Arts, currently in rehearsal for their performance of Grease in November, and a 1950s quiz too difficult for most, the main attraction began at 9.30pm and the infectiously catchy songs soon had everyone singing along. The huge screen and first-class sound could not be bettered.

There was plenty of time too for chatting and selfies and the good-time atmosphere was relaxed. Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta looked amazingly young and it was hard to realise that 37 years have passed since Grease was released.

Lytham Hall and Lytham Festival score top points for this enterprising initiative, well presented and organised. The choice of film will be crucial for future success and large attendances, but this was a very pleasing start.

JULIAN WILDE