A Full House for Opening Night

We opened our 2024 programme at the Embassy Theatre with a screening of “Barry Lyndon,” warmly received by a full and engaged audience. Almost 750 people experienced Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece on the grand screen of the Embassy Theatre. 

“We’re amazed with the response to Barry Lyndon and our 2024 programme” said Wellington Film Society President, Harry Evans. “The feedback we’ve received on the night, on social media and on our website has been heartwarming. It reminds us of why the Film Society exists and why we volunteer our time to running it. The experience of seeing a great film on the big screen with a large crowd is magic.”

Over 200 more people attended than our most attended film last year, and 350 more than our average attendance last year. We’re excited to continue seeing great films each week with such an enthusiastic audience.

“A simply gorgeous cinematic wonder. Seeing it with a capacity audience of cinephiles immersed in the beauty of the movie was one heck of an evening.” said one member. “Sumptuous vision that really needs the big screen of the Embassy.  Great way to kick off the start of a new WFS year – and with a full house no less.” said another.

Unfortunately, the screening was so popular that some people had to be turned away as there wasn’t a seat for them. We’ve decided to arrange a special one-off encore screening to ensure as many people as possible get a chance to see it.

We’re keen to gather the details of all those turned away on the door so that we can keep them informed as plans develop – email filmsociety@gmail.com if this is you and we haven’t been in touch.

“This is a new problem for us,” says Harry. We will keep a watching brief and consider adjustments to our systems to reduce the chance of this happening again and provide early communications where we see it as a risk. We encourage everyone to arrive at each screening with plenty of time to spare, especially if you need to go to the membership desk.