Big Band swings into Leiston Film Theatre

SUFFOLK based Big Band, Swing Machine, will be recreating familiar sounds of the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s at Leiston Film Theatre this autumn, with a special fundraising concert, in aid of the venue’s Support Club.

This brilliant band, all of whom are enthusiasts of the swing genre, are looking forward to their return visit to Suffolk’s oldest purpose built cinema on Saturday 22nd September, after a sell-out debut appearance in May 2017. Their repertoire includes music from Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Ted Heath, Woody Herman and Duke Ellington, to name only a few. The band will also be accompanied by two vocalists, who perform individually and as a duo, covering songs which could include those made famous by Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Bublé and Harry Connick-Jr, amongst many others. With some fantastic instrumental soloists complementing the band’s arrangements, the concert is certain to provide an enjoyable evening of fine entertainment.

The event is supporting Leiston Film Theatre’s hard working Support Club, who, in the past ten years alone, have funded over £100,000 worth of improvements at the prestigious 103 year old venue.

Through numerous fundraising activities and social events, the Club provides financial assistance towards many improvements made at the venue. In 2009, the Club completed their ‘Set the Stage’ project, improving the Film Theatre’s film presentations and capability to stage live shows. The Club have also greatly assisted in the enlargement of the foyer and installation of the digital projection equipment.

Most recently, the Club have pledged to support the Film Theatre’s management’s commitment to improve the backstage facilities, which are receiving plaudits from all artistes who have used them. The Club’s ‘Behind the Scenes’ project continues, with an aim to provide new sound and lighting equipment, thus enabling the venue to attract more quality live shows to the stage.

These latest improvements will greatly enhance the stage sets for forthcoming live shows, including The Tucker Show (October 19th) and a tribute to Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison (December 7th).

Annual membership to the Leiston Film Theatre Support Club is just £6 and membership forms are available from the Film Theatre foyer, or by contacting the venue on 01728 830549 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Swing Machine Big Band appear at Leiston Film Theatre for ONE NIGHT ONLY on Saturday 22nd September at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £12.95 for adults, £11.95 for concessions and £10.95 for Support Club members. Limited tickets are still available on 01728 830549 or via the venue’s website at: www.leistonfilmtheatre. Early booking is strongly advised.