Free cinema screenings for Christmas


Wilmslow Town Council has joined up with The Rex to help make the cinema accessible to the community over the festive period.

To do this the Town Council is funding five special screenings of 'It's a Wonderful Life' on the run up to Christmas, having agreed a budget of up to £3000, and will be asking the many help groups in our community to refer individuals and families to request free tickets.

Once those referred have had the opportunity to request tickets then the remainder of the seats will be issued to the wider public by the Rex box office (telephone only) on a first come first served basis from Monday 14th December.

The screenings will be held during the daytime in the week prior to Christmas and during Christmas week with the first screening on Thursday 17th December being reserved exclusively for the over 60's and the final screening on Wednesday 23rd December being located in the wheelchair accessible 'Ballroom' screen.

Bookings will only be taken from individual households / recognised bubbles to ensure Covid compliance.

Martin Watkins, Chairman Wilmslow Town Council said "I would like to thank my fellow Councillors for supporting this initiate and in particular Mark Goldsmith for making the initial proposal. The Rex is a major footfall driver for our Town Centre and a focal point for the community and should be accessible for all regardless of circumstance at this time.

"The covid regulations add a significant level of complexity in delivering all initiatives this Christmas however the Rex has put in place Covid secure measures and although attendance is greatly reduced, this initiate gives us an opportunity to add a little extra cheer at this difficult time.

"We are asking the wider General Public to be patient in booking tickets however subject to availability tickets will be issued to any Wilmslow resident from Monday 14th onwards, unfortunately when the tickets are gone, they're gone."


Thursday 17th December 1.30pm - over 60s only

Friday 18th December 1.15pm

Monday 21st December 1.15pm

Tuesday 22nd December 1.15pm

Wednesday 23rd December 10.30am Accessible Screen

To reserve your seats, telephone the Rex box office on 01625 252345 from Friday 11th December for REFERRED BOOKINGS and from Monday 14th December for GENERAL PUBLIC BOOKINGS. Box office open 3.30pm to 10pm.



Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Manuel Golding
Saturday 5th December 2020 at 4:40 pm
We see clearly here yet another example of the New Thinking brought to Wilmslow Town Council by the new broom Residents of Wilmslow (RoW) Councillors like Cllr Mark Goldsmith and his fellow RoW councillors. A very practical benefit for our town's citizens - look out for further RoW initiatives.
Recently we saw RoW Councillor Iain Macfarlane overseeing long overdue street drainage clerance in the town.
We are witnessing much needed practical initiatives from the new broom of the RoW team.......and more to follow.
Desmond Williams
Thursday 10th December 2020 at 10:20 am
Congratulations,an innovative scheme to be welcomed at this difficult time,praise indeed.
Brian Mcgavin
Monday 21st December 2020 at 4:55 pm
An unwise council decision to promote social mixing?

There is currently considerable scientific pressure on the Government arguing that we need to limit public mixing during the Xmas period to avoid a further spike in COVID transmission in the New Year. Yet Wilmslow council and Cheshire East are now sponsoring free entry to the Rex cinema in Wilmslow centre over the festive season.

It may be Christmas but surely this is not the time to be spending council taxpayer money to promote wide social gatherings in the town?

Brian McGavin (Wilmslow)
Pete Taylor
Monday 21st December 2020 at 6:47 pm
In view of the information broadcast this evening regarding transmission of the new-strain virus in indoor settings, this initiative really should be looked at again.
Mark Goldsmith
Tuesday 22nd December 2020 at 4:09 pm
I understand peoples concerns, but the Rex is taking considerable measures to keep everyone safe from Covid-19. The full details can be found here:

These measures were foremost in our mind when RoW town councillors proposed the idea as the last thing we want to do is risk harming those attending.

Cheshire East is currently in Tier 2 and the government says it is safe for cinemas to keep open. Therefore, as they say, we must listen to the experts and follow the scientific advice.

All the shows are sold out and the event looks like being a great success. However, if the governments advice changes, then we can instantly cancel the remaining shows without incurring any cost. This flexibility was another reason we thought hiring the Rex was such a good idea.

Personally, I think people will be safer at the Rex than by joining the hoards of Christmas shoppers in our supermarkets. Therefore, I hope those who attending enjoy the film and that it brings them a little cheer this Christmas.

Cllr Mark Goldsmith
Residents of Wilmslow

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