Owners of Wells Film Centre to retire after two decades

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By abbie_wells | Monday, October 08, 2012, 12:50

The owners of Wells Film Centre are set to retire in November, passing the legacy onto their daughters.

June and Derek Cooper have sold the local film centre to their daughters Sally, who has worked in the business for the past ten years, and Libby who will work alongside her.

Their third daughter, Wendy, is set to take on responsibility for the Spinning Wheel Tearoom in Wells which the couple also run.

June and Derek will retire officially on November 27, the 20th anniversary of Wells Film Centre.

A gala evening will be held on the night and is set to be a spectacular event with guests invited from the cinema industry, local dignitaries as well as friends and customers.

The couple  have been in the Cinema industry together for 37 years but Derek's career goes back another 10 years before that. He showed his first film from a projection room at the Regal in Wells.

The couple even employed famed director, Edgar Wright, as a projectionist when he was a young lad living in Wells. Edgar was subsequently sacked by Derek and went on to enjoy huge success as a film director.

The two exhibitors are picky about what they screen and they have a policy of showing one-off films that locals may not be able to see at a local cinema chain.

The Film Centre screened The Last Projectionist in September, a documentary about independent cinemas. Afterwards the director of the film gave a talk about his work.

This October the Cinema will be screening three films of Shakespearean plays performed by the cast of the Globe Theatre – Much Ado About Nothing from October 12 – 17, and Dr Faustus from October 26 – 31 October.

Wells Film Centre will also be hosting a charity screening this October, organised by the Globe Carnival Club on October 17, where Tim Burton's Frankenweenie (PG) will be shown and guests will be treated to a free glass of wine or juice and a raffle.

To find out more about the charity screening contact Tanya Marie on 07709148502.

To see what's coming up at Wells Film Centre this month, visit the Wells Film Centre website or call 01749673195.

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