Cinema-going at the Stephen Joseph Theatre is set to get better – and audiences will have chance to see performances streamed live.
New digital projection equipment has been installed at the Scarborugh venue in Westborough.
The first live streaming will be of Rossini’s opera La donna del lago from the Royal Opera House on Monday May 27 at 7.45pm.
John Fulljames directs Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez in Rossini’s love story set against the turbulent background of the 16th-century Scottish Highlands.
Films showing throughout May will be Hitchcock, directed by Sacha Gervasi and starring Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren, and Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, starring Suraj Sharma.
The theatre’s executive director Stephen Wood said: “We’ve wanted to move to digital cinema for some time now.
“It’ll allow us a lot more flexibility in the films we can show – a greater choice, new releases quicker, more screenings and the ability to present more specialist, classic, children’s and foreign language films.
“We also plan to introduce the occasional ‘season’, which in turn will give scope for questions and answers with members of the film industry.”
The first films to be screened will be Hitchcock on Monday 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14 and May 20at 7.45pm, and on May 11 at 2.45pm.
Life Of Pi is on May 24, 25 and May 28, 29, 30 and 31.