Square Tower to host family film screenings

Steve Hender, manager of the Square Tower, with (l-r) Laura Bodger, Mary Barber, Alethea Copland, Frankie Rusby, Kelly Browell, Vica Garnett and Frances Lunn
Steve Hender, manager of the Square Tower, with (l-r) Laura Bodger, Mary Barber, Alethea Copland, Frankie Rusby, Kelly Browell, Vica Garnett and Frances Lunn
From left: PO Adam Hilton,  Father Christmas, Captain Peter Towell, CPO Chris 'Paddy' Gilkes and Malcolm Dent

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FILM fans with young children will get a treat when a historic building holds family-friendly cinema screenings.

The Square Tower in Broad Street, Old Portsmouth, will open its doors to show free film screenings for parents and their babies.

Cinemums is a family-friendly project that will give parents of babies the chance to enjoy films.

It launches on May 7 with Dirty Dancing, projected on a giant wall.

Steve Hender, manager of the Square Tower, said: ‘I want to open up the tower to parents who don’t usually get the chance to go to the cinema.

‘They can come along with friends, have a tea or coffee or glass of wine, maybe a slice of cake, and not have to worry if their baby starts crying or needs changing or feeding.’

Admission to see the films will be free but a small donation will be welcomed.

The money will then go to designated charities, the first of which, is the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

MND is a condition that damages the nervous system, leaving muscles wasted and weak.

Steve added: ‘This is a great chance to utilise this beautiful building and also raise funds for various charities.

‘MND is a terrible illness so it’s great to think that this event can in some way help people who suffer with it.’

The project has gathered a lot of interest with 50 parents from the group Southsea Mummies and Babies loving the idea.

Hollie Joyce, a 26-year-old mum to Hayden, aged two, said: ‘I haven’t been to the cinema since I was pregnant as we don’t have family close by so childcare is always an issue. The fact that we could have our children with us would be so beneficial and it being for charity is an added bonus.’

Any local charity which would like to be involved , should contact Steve Hender, on (023) 9286 3254