Fishguard’s Theatr Gwaun is showing its first digital films today (Friday) after the installation of a long-awaited digital projector.

Films at the Fishguard venue dried up in June, as they ceased to come out on 35mm reels. Good news came shortly after in the form of grants from the Arts Council of Wales, Collaborative Communities, the National Lottery and the Welsh Government.

The funding has allowed the venue, which is run and staffed almost entirely by volunteers, to completely update its equipment. The new technology will also allow for audio described and subtitling and the streaming of live performances from the major opera houses and theatres around the world.

“This is an exciting new beginning for the cinema,” said Richard Goswell, chairman of the Theatr Gwaun Community Trust.

“The acquisition of digital screening equipment brings our much loved venue into the 21st century and allows us to provide our community with the facilities and services that have become the 'norm' for the majority.”

Screenings today (Friday) have included How to Train Your Dragon 2 and comedy Mrs Brown’s Boys .

These two films will continue running during the projector’s inaugural week, along with others, including musical Walking on Sunshine, Belle and the new X Men film.

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