A RUNCORN care home has teamed up with a male choir to bring a taste of old-fashioned “picture house” film viewing to its residents.
St Luke’s Care Home, in Palacefields, laid on screenings of classics as well as latest releases amid movie memorabilia and real cinema seats acquired by the Irish Guards Singers.
Life-size cutouts of film stars such as Hollywood legend John Wayne, screen sirens Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Munroe, and 007 James Bond actor Daniel Craig went down a storm with residents.
James Ross, Irish Guards Singers chairman, of Runcorn, received the 15 cinema seats after he asked a large movie theatre company for a donation.
The singing group also donated a second-hand car and 15 engineers to upgrade the home’s gardens.
Halton’s mayor and mayoress Tom and Angela McInerney launched the “picture house” at a ceremony.
White Christmas was shown as its inaugural feature film and popcorn and a buffet accompanied the event.
Runcorn Land Army veteran Marjorie Pickstock presented the mayor and mayoress with flowers to celebrate the cutting of the ribbon.
James Ross said: “Do you remember the days of the old picture house at La Scala cinema?
“It opened in 1913 as The Palace and in 1920 was renamed as La Scala until it closed as a cinema in 1957 and reopened as La Scala ballroom.
“At St Luke’s we have recreated the feel of the old picture house by providing service users with their very own cinema area.”
The Irish Guards Singer will entertain residents and their families later this year at St Luke’s and the cash raised will go towards to support the home.