Reviewed by Hannah Abbott
The Stockport Plaza Trust reopened the Plaza in style after completing the next phase of restoration. After returning the Plaza to its original beauty the Plaza Trust proved that they aren’t stuck in the dark ages by choosing to coincide the opening of the theatre with a film to show how far society has moved on and to celebrate the beginning of Manchester Gay Pride.
After drinks in the beautiful Cafe Lounge everyone moved to admire the true elegance and beauty of the restored auditorium seats. I have been visiting the Stockport Plaza for a number of years and have seen the various phases of restoration completed and yet I had never been to watch a film there. After the official ribbon cut everyone enjoyed a giggle watching a good old fashioned Tom and Jerry Cartoon and a comedy skit. Then there was intermission, just like being at the theatre, the volunteer staff headed to the front of each seating area with reasonably priced ice creams (£2 a tub) the best bit is they had my favourite -mint choc chip!
Priscilla Queen of the Desert was projected the good old fashioned way like when many of us were kids. That is the projectionist has the film on a reel and it isn’t all digitalised which was made obvious by the black dots on the screen at various sections of the film but this didn’t ruin the film it gave it authenticity.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert kept an audience of all ages laughing (and towards the end crying – I don’t want to spoil it by explaining why). Although only set in the early 90s in Australia it was difficult to see how homophobia was still so widespread, however it was a nice touch for Stockport Plaza to show it at the beginning of the Manchester Gay Pride celebrations showing how far attitudes have progressed. Perfect!
The best bit of the film was the end. Not because it was a bad film but because Stockport Plaza had proved that the work they had carried out on the auditorium seats was well worth it, everyone was still comfy despite sitting for so long. A job well done!
I have and will continue to recommend Stockport Plaza for theatre shows however I can now recommend for watching classic films.
For performances and events at The Stockport Plaza visit www.stockportplaza.co.uk.
The Plaza, Mersey Square, Stockport, Cheshire. SK1 1SP | 0161 477 7779