Pub hosts big screen stars

Landlord of the Plough, Freckleton, Dave Elgee, who has set up a cinema above his pub.
Landlord of the Plough, Freckleton, Dave Elgee, who has set up a cinema above his pub.
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Two pints of lager, a packet of crisps and a blockbuster movie please!

That’s one of the orders landlord Dave Elgee will be hoping he hears more and more at his pub, The Plough in Freckleton, in the weeks to come.

The former Blackpool rock band member has had a 30-seat cinema installed in the pub’s first floor function room, and is screening a different movie every day – free of charge.

Pride of place goes to a massive 14ft by 8ft cinema screen, on which up to 30 customers at a sitting can see HD films.

“My wife and I are both big film fans, but it’s a bit of a hike to get to a cinema from Freckleton, so we thought we would bring one to us,” he says. “We aren’t competing with places like the Odeon or Vue because we are only screening films which are already available on BluRay. It’s like watching films at home – only bigger.”

Having started the daily screenings at the beginning of June, the pub-cinema features foreign films on Mondays, action on Tuesdays, science fiction Wednesdays, comedy Thursdays, romantic comedies Fridays and adventure/thrillers Saturdays.

On Saturday afternoons, there’s a children’s club screening from noon to 2pm, and he is hoping to start a Sunday Film Club with regulars choosing what they want to see.

“It’s early days yet, but the initial reaction has been good,” he says. “I think a lot of people try it out thinking its going to be a flat screen television, so they’re surprised to see a proper cinema quality wall.”

Having been at The Plough for a couple of years, Dave says he and his wife Mim were on the lookout for new ideas when they hit on having their own cinema on site.

“We don’t actually get that much time to see the films ourselves but we used to be passionate cinema goers, so the idea of having our own cinema appealed to us,” he says. “And with three children of our own, it was always a major exercise going out to see anything.”

He’s not allowed to advertise what films are coming outside his pub, and can’t charge admission but reckons that all adds to his new venue’s appeal.